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22nd January 2017

WORKING FROM HOME VS THE OFFICE ENVIRONMENT

When a small business starts to grow, cross roads are hit where they must think about location, resources and professionalism. This is when decisions about working from home vs finding a suitable office environment must come into play as they cannot continue to think like a one-man band.

Employees

If employees are taken on, it is crucial that they see the business as a fully functioning, professional space, just as much as the client does. Whether they are likely to have clients visit regularly or never at all, a professional space is for various reasons.

“There are many benefits to businesses in having serviced office space. Not only does is provide a professional work environment but it also gives the right impression to customers which gives your business credibility.

From a staff perspective, having a space to layout all of the business’ equipment and resources allows staff to work efficiently which increases productivity. It also provides an environment which encourages team working that engages staff and motivates them to perform to the best of their abilities.” 

Sole Trading

As a sole trader, the need for office space is not always essential and depends entirely on whether the business is client facing or not. If the answer is yes, it’s necessary to think about how the business will be portrayed. Will you visit your client? Will you meet in a neutral location? How will the client feel being in this space? At the end of the day, the focus should be how your client feels and whether the location will impact business.

The Decision

The decision lies ultimately in the business holder’s hands as to how they should run their business and from what location. Be professional for employees and clients and a bad decision will be avoided!

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