Solopreneurs and independent consultants have long been familiar with the concept of working from a home based office. Various factors in today’s marketplace are converging to change the face of how we do business across the board. Advancements in communication technology, increased costs for gas and the challenges of creating work/life balance have put “working from home” on the table as a trend that can benefit both employee and employer. Telecommuting is quickly becoming a reality for a significant number of employees across all sectors.

This can be a daunting thought for some people accustomed to their familiar routines and rhythms of the work day – from where to get the coffee from freshly ground beans at the bistro on the corner, to the support and energy from other employees and the infrastructure of a well run office environment. Changing to a home based office can also be viewed as a tremendous opportunity to create an environment that suits your particular needs not only as they are now but also what they might be in the future.

In 2007, I wrote an essay on “Living Artfully” which was published in “Upping the Downside: 64 Strategies for Creating Professional Resilience by Design“. Living and working artfully is something that people are talking about and paying attention to for very practical reasons that have to do with creating work that is sustainable and allows us to contribute creatively. Increasing complexity demands that we go beyond what is rote and mandated to an integrated approach that calls on all of our gifts and talents and all of who we are. Shifting to working from home is an opportunity to rethink what is important and to design a work environment and approach that suits both your needs and the needs of those you serve through your work.

There are different things to consider in making your plan for working at home depending on your preferences. What are the top two or three things that you do that makes working from home work for you?

Category: Working from home
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