Tip of the Week: You Don't Need a Separate Home Office

Are you considering working from home — convincing your manager to let you telecommute, leaving your cubicle job behind, or re-entering the workforce after a time away? You might rule out home-based work if you lack a separate dedicated office, but Work From Home Momma Deborah Ng says you don’t need one:

I don’t have an office either. In fact, my desk is the kitchen table. I remove my laptop for meals and return it again when the dishes are done. Yes, it would be nice to have a place I could spread out. It’s a pain having to take the printer out of the closet whenever I need to use it, and the scanner is just collecting dust right now. We have a lot of work to do on the house though, and a home office is the last of our priorities.

Eventually I found myself needing a file cabinet to file away contracts and pay stubs, but for the most part all I need is my laptop. I work 8 hours each day and earn an ok salary. I don’t need lots of trays and bulletin boards to be productive. In fact, I found myself more productive once I cut out all of the sorting and filing. Don’t let the lack of space or equipment keeping your from working out of your home. I’m here to tell you it’s all unnecessary clutter anyway.

With a laptop, Internet connection, and means of making money, you’ll have most everything you need to work from home.

Of course, for some of us, working out of the home whether at the kitchen table or in a separate home office leads to distraction and an unhealthy blend of work and home life. In that case, explore options like leasing office space, joining a coworking cooperative, or working out of a WiFi café.

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