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I Already Have a Home Office... Is Paying for Hourly Space Worth the Cost?

By Jake Nordquist   |    December 3, 2018   |    10:32 AM

How to Determine if Spending Money to get out of the House is Right for You & Your Business

Virtual Office popularity has exploded over the past few years, and it has many home office dwellers asking themselves the same questions:

“Is joining a virtual office space worth it? Will it help me grow my business and get more work done? Do I even want to go through the hassle of leaving my home office?”

These questions can be tricky to answer, especially since working from a home office has some pretty great benefits. There’s no rush hour traffic, it’s easier to accomplish household chores and errands, the home office tax deduction is always helpful, and wearing yesterday’s sweatpants is completely acceptable.

However, there are also some big pros to working occasionally from hourly offices, so let’s look at four of the top lifestyle and business benefits.

Virtual Office Pro #1: A distraction-free workzone

Saying goodbye to typical household distractions is one of the biggest perks to joining a space with on-demand offices. Being able to do the dishes and laundry during the workday is great, but should you really be cleaning the house during business hours?

If you have children at home, or share your home with other humans in general, you know how easy it is to get distracted on that front, too.

In contrast, a workspace with hourly offices is filled with fellow small business owners and professionals who also need to get work done. At Intelligent Office, clients frequently remark how much more work they get done when they're in a more professional setting.

Virtual Office Pro #2: Improved work-life balance

When you work from home, it’s tempting to keep working long after normal office hours. If an important email comes in at 9pm, just wander over to your office and get to work, right?

If you struggle to keep work separate from your personal life, a shared office space is a highly effective way to help yourself implement healthy boundaries.  

Virtual Office Pro #3: Network and bounce ideas off of fellow coworkers

In shared spaces, networking tends to happen organically. You’ll be surrounded by a variety of professionals who work in a wide range of industries. In many cases, you could even be working alongside people within your own niche.

Having easy access to a curated network is also great for bouncing ideas around in a professional setting. You’ll get quick feedback from people who understand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, freelancer, or small business owner.

Virtual Office Pro #4: End the work-from-home loneliness

Working from home can be very isolating, especially if you aren’t getting out of the house regularly. Giving on-demand office space a go is an ideal way to beat the loneliness that can creep up when you’ve been spending too much time locked away in your home office.

Keep in mind that some spaces are more social than others, so Intelligent Office allows you to book an office as a non-member before committing to a membership. This ensures you’re committing to the type of space that’s best for your personality and business.

At Intelligent Office, we aim for a distraction-free environment (that means no beer kegs or ping pong tables in the middle of the workspace). Our professionals still network and socialize, but it’s not the main focus in our spaces.

If that type of office sounds appealing and you want to give on-demand office space a try, click here to find an Intelligent Office near you.