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Submitted by Liz Elam on Fri, 2010-09-03 13:09
If your company presents you with the opportunity to work from home, and you’ve been spending the last few years commuting to a cube-farm, it probably sounds like most fantastic idea you’ve ever heard.
Work from home? Wow. Who wouldn’t be happier and more productive working from home?
No distractions from talkative co-workers. No more soul-crushing commute. Privacy, tranquility and enhanced productivity. Working from home sounds like a phenomenal idea in theory. Given the opportunity, most employees jump at the chance to work from home.
The reality of working from home is drastically different from what most people might envision. It’s tough to stay focused when working from home...
Exhibit A: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/working_home
The kitchen is right there, the laundry is calling your name and your dog is looking at you with those big beautiful eyes. Young children don’t understand the closed door tactic and Ralph the dogs tends to always bark during your most important conference calls. Rarely does the significant other understand the concept of “I’m working.” Heck, after a couple of weeks working alone, it’s tough to get motivated to get up and take a shower in the morning. You aren’t going to see anyone in person today, so why not throw on those comfy old grey sweatpants? If you don’t look the part it’s hard to act the part.
When you are working from home, you never actually leave your office. Office and home are one and the same. Shouldn’t your home be your haven? It should be the place you are sheltered and comforted, not your workspace. Work makes us, well, work.
Humans need face-to-face interaction with other human beings. Email, texting, twitter and instant messaging are all terrific digital communication tools. You might feel connected to the outside world thru services like Skype, WebEx and GoToMeeting. In our world of evolving social media we are raising a generation that is more tactile then verbal. I digress..the point is, you can never replace face- to- face interaction.
The Coworking movement began when people realized that working from home wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. They started to gather in coffee shops and forming communities. No one should go through life feeling lonely and miserable, but those are the two most frequent adjectives used by folks in the coworking movement to describe their former existence working solo at home.
I personally worked from home for 9 years. I dreamed of a space just like Link. A couple of years ago I left corporate America and started my journey. My hope is that Link can be the place you want to go to get the work done so you can go home and be with your family and live your life away from work.
A funny thing happens when you get a bunch of solo workers in the same space and you have someone and something to link them together. They start to share ideas, refer business, hire each other and offer advice. This is the secret sauce of Coworking. You come for a better place to work but you keep coming back for a community.
Link offers a comfortable and professional work environment for people who are working interdependently, yet need a professional workspace to conduct their business. Please contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to check out Link.