Great Places to Work When You’re Tired of Working from Home

officeThis series covers several places consultants and freelancers can work productively. So far we have looked at coworking spaces and coffees shops. This last post in the series examines the benefits of renting an office.

Renting an office is the most expensive option for consultants and freelancers. It’s not just a matter of paying the rent every month. When leasing an office you are also responsible for all of the miscellaneous bills, such as electricity and Wi-Fi. You are also responsible for keeping the office clean, either on your own or by hiring a cleaning service. However, if you have a steady source of income, renting an office has several benefits.

  • Motivation. It can be difficult to get moving in the morning when you work from your home. There are numerous distractions and no one watching. Driving to an office can help you develop a routine that puts you into “work mode” each day. And when you leave, the work day is officially over, making it easier to make the transition to family time.
  • Legitimacy. As a freelancer, you may never see clients face-to-face. Some consultants meet clients on their turf to get a better vision of the company. But if your business model requires clients to come to you, a professional office space can ensure visitors take you seriously.
  • Tax deductions. One of the biggest advantages to renting office space is the tax deduction. Tax laws are constantly changing so check with an adviser before claiming office space on your taxes. For example, there are special rules that limit the deduction for rent paid in advance.

Consider the pros and cons of renting office space before signing a lease. Although it can be costly, renting an office can be a smart investment for freelancers and consultants who need a permanent location.

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