Run Your Own Business? Work From Home And Save Loads Of Cash!

July 9, 20132 Comments
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If you run a business and you rent premises, you could be missing a trick. Obviously if it is the sort of business that requires a lot of staff and machinery then you need dedicated space, but if it’s a small office that you run, then you could be saving yourself a lot more money. Think about how much rent you pay, and then imagine having all of that spare every month to reinvest into the business or spend on a well-earned holiday. All it takes is a little initial investment to get the ball rolling. How do we suggest you do this? Build an extension on your house so your office is at home!

The Benefits

Having an office at home brings loads of benefits, but high on the list must be the lack of a daily commute. Every day workers waste valuable time sitting in traffic queues and driving to work, or sat on a packed train full of other commuters. This is time that you could be clawing back. Working from home means you can be close to your family and home in time for tea with your kids. There’ll be no premises rent to pay – once you have your office set up your overheads will be minimal. More and more people are choosing this as an option when it comes to thinking about where they work from.

How to Go About It

Some people have a spare room in their house that they can convert into an office. However this can cause trouble, as you will be too close to all the hustle and bustle of family life. A much better plan is to build an extension on the side of your house which has separate access so you can shut yourself away. You’ll need planning permission obviously – even if you are using an existing footprint such as a garage you will still need to state the change of use. Then it’s just a question of drawing up the plans and getting a trusted builder in to realise your dreams!

The Finer Details

It’s important that your work space feels professional – and not just an extension of your home. Keep the furniture and decor office-like and if there is room in the budget then put in a little toilet and kitchen so that you don’t have to keep wandering in and out of the main house. This will also look more professional when you have clients over for meetings etc. Make sure there is a nice big window in the plans so that you get lots of natural light, and build in plenty of storage options for your files and paperwork.

Working from home is most people’s dream – you’ll be less tired, more productive and you will see loads more of your family. A dedicated office space within the boundaries of your own home is the perfect answer and more and more people are choosing this as a viable option. The only thing that remains to be decided is what you are going to do with all those extra hours and all that extra cash?!

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This guest post is authored by Jenny Wadlow. She has a lot of interest in the field of house designing and construction. She is a freelance blogger and likes to write on topics such as home renovation and improvement.

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Jenny Wadlow, author of today’s guest post, works as a freelance blogger. Her hobbies include reading and swimming. She is an avid blogger and whenever she isn’t busy, she enjoys sketching and practicing her designing skills. You can catch up with her on Twitter @JennyWadlow.

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