For freelancers, online traders and cottage industries, a home office or workshop is a must, and one which offers a whole raft of economic and lifestyle benefits.
At the same time, directors of larger companies are coming round to the view that, in the internet age, having some of your employees working from home at least some of the time can cut their overheads, increase efficiency and improve staff satisfaction.
A loft conversion, which requires minimal investment and construction work compared with home extensions or outbuildings, is the most economical and satisfactory way to create a home-based working environment.
So for the self-employed looking to put their business on a more established footing, or executives trying to persuade their management they’d do better working from home, here are some of the key advantages of turning your loft into an office, studio or workshop.
Save on commuting time and travel costs
The average UK commuter spends £50,000 on fares over the course of a working life, and more than a year of his life in transit. London commuters can multiply that by 30% and that doesn’t include waiting time, delays and parking fines. You and your boss (if you have one) can find better things to do with your time and money than that, can’t you?
Stay cool, calm and collected
Concentration and organisation don’t come naturally in a busy office – especially an open plan one – where the boss’s demands, colleagues’ interruptions and office flaps, panics and politics can be stressful and distracting to say the least. In your own dedicated loft workspace you can stay cool, calm and collected and set your own work priorities. In fact, a recently published Harvard Business Review found that those who work from home tend to be happier and more productive than their office-based colleagues.
Enjoy greater freedom, increased productivity
They say it’s not the hours you put in, it’s what you put into the hours, and working from home allows you to vary your work routine without notice or permission. Some firms have flexi-time working arrangements, but they don’t have the flexibility to accommodate awkward or unforeseen commitments like doctor’s appointments, vehicle MOTs or family emergencies.
Be there for your family when it counts
Your family life shouldn’t suffer as a result of your work, and when you’re working from home it won’t. It makes it easy to get the work-life balance just right, and instead of a 9-to-5 existence (with an hour’s commuting at either end), you can spend quality time with your partner and children, without missing out on the day-to-day joys of seeing them grow up.
Make it dress-down Friday every day!
Hate being trussed up in a business suit? Well, working from home you can set your own dress code – one you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed with. Work wear isn’t cheap, especially as most executives need at least four suits – two each for summer and winter – and a full wardrobe of shirts/tops and shoes to match. Home workers can make real savings there, although you’ll obviously need some formal clothes for occasional visits to clients or head office.
So, now you can see the advantages of working from home, let alone the increase in the value of your property – see our blog Add value to your North London home with a loft conversion – why not discover how quick and easy a Herts and Essex Lofts loft conversion can be. Contact us for a free, no obligation quotation.