The Joy of SOHO: Enjoying Ourselves
The next time you overhear a friend or co-worker chattering happily about SOHO, don’t assume that they are talking about New York. In today’s business world SOHO refers to “small office or home office” ,one of today’s biggest explosions in the economy. The home-based business has been born out of necessity. In an era when large corporations always think of downsizing , what are you other choices?
Your choices are usually limited: stand in line at Unemployment, or accept a cut in pay and benefits. We were all raised to give 9 hours work for 8 hours pay, and we are not backing away from that. So now, to configure your own small office, home office set-up can be a breeze.
It is fine to start working from the kitchen table but what happens when things start to take off and you still do not want to have an office space? Where do you place the home office? If you have the space, I highly suggest a room onto itself. This permits you to close the door and separate your personal life from business. Where you anchor the home office is important for your future success. Reasons for the separation include fewer distractions and the ability to think and focus more clearly.
Even though it is your home, you want to present the best professional atmosphere possible, which is very important if you have people working with you. If you are not comfortable, neither you nor your employees will stay there and finish the job. It is fine to have employees in your home but just make sure you supply them with the best working atmosphere possible.
Remember , going into business on your own, or from a home office may mean making do with less. But it can also mean achieving more: more independence, more challenges, and more results. In the long run it may well mean more money for you and your family. You will have the freedom to enjoy the profits of your own work, and the continuing growth and profit which comes from owning your own business.