Working for yourself can have it's upsides and downsides just like most jobs. The thing is we can all become unmotivated from time to time and find that we have days where we are less productive than others. However this needn't be the case, it's all about finding somewhere you enjoy working and won't get distracted easily.
Here are five productivity boosting places to work from:
1. Create an office space
If you already work from home but are finding your current makeshift desk at the dining table or working from the sofa or even your bed are uninspiring then how about making yourself an office space If you have a spare room to create an office even better but if you're stuck for space how about buying a small desk for the living room, under the stairs or even in your bedroom. I also think its a good idea to change where you work from time to time and will often switch from working upstairs or downstairs.
2. Coffee shop
If you usually work from home and are finding that you're feeling unmotivated or getting easily distracted perhaps by the TV, husband or kids. Why not take yourself to a local coffee shop which has wi-fi for a couple of hours. Sometimes getting away from the house can make you more productive as you know you only have a certain amount of time to get the work done. I know this isn't an option for everyone but if you have someone who can watch the kids then this may be an idea for you. Since working from home full time I now have one day a week which I will work away from home and I usually end up in costa. It gives me a change of scenery and I get to have a hot chocolate and some lunch in peace!
3. Rent an office
Depending on what your work consists of you may require the need to rent out a virtual office such as BE offices. This will of course depend on how many people you employ and how established your business is. But it could be a great starting point if you are looking to expand your business, build clients and get your business name out there. You can hire meeting and conference rooms to meet clients at the business address which looks more professional than meeting them at your home.
4. Co-working space
Co working spaces are great for self employed people who work from home but want somewhere to go to work for the day and be around like-minded individuals. Sometimes working at home all day on your own can get lonely. Co-working spaces are becoming increasingly more common, they offer a professional environment and also eliminates distractions from working at home but you don't have to take orders from your boss! If you're wanting to be more social and be around professional like-minded people then why not see if can find a co-working space local to you. If you have a bunch of friends who all work from home in your area why not look into renting an office space and creating your own co-working space.
5. The park
Sometimes you can get your creative juices flowing by being out in the fresh air. Of course this depends on the weather but if its a warm dry day why not grab your laptop and pop down to the local park. In fact in could be anywhere, somewhere you enjoy going to relax, think or spend time often. Also depending on where you live in some cities you may even be able to get on the wi-fi!
Where do you find yourself most productive when working?