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Choosing where to work from: Working from Home

Many start-up and small businesses tend to work initially from home. Whether it is a back bedroom or just a spare surface in a lounge or dining room, for the start-up business, this is a relatively simple and cheap option.

For many, working from home is a good option if you want to keep costs down until the business is established. It allows you to keep any initial set up costs to a minimum and gives you a familiar and comfortable working environment – but there are some important points to consider:

• There may be some issues relating to local authority rates and care should be taken in this respect.

• There may be some insurance points although many domestic policies now include an element of cover for working from home, but checking your policy is important.

• Research does show that people working from home tend to work longer hours as they find it difficult to separate their home and work life.

• Unless you use the services of a virtual office provider (see later), or have a separate business line, it may mean that your private number becomes available and could mean you receiving calls at unsocial times.

• It may not convey the most professional image and is not particularly conducive to meeting with people.

• It can be quite solitary, as the interaction with other individuals is often missed by people working from home.

This post was brought to you by Mathew Aitken at Companies Made Simple

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