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Need an excuse to turn those home office ideas on Pinterest into a reality? Well, working from home isn’t just a great way to transform your spare bedroom into a stylish workspace. It also offers heaps of benefits, whether you’re a small business owner, a freelancer, or a fulltime employee.
If you find yourself catching up on work at home, you’re not alone. In 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found almost a third of all Australian workers are regularly working from home.
As more and more Aussies choose to work in a dedicated space at home, we take a look at the 3 key advantages of having a home office and how this could benefit you.
Avoid the daily commute
Studies have shown the average Australian spends approximately 4.4 hours travelling to and from work every week. That’s around 9 days spent commuting each year. We can think of plenty of things we’d rather be doing with that time than sitting in traffic.
If you work for yourself or have the option to work remotely every now and then, make the most of it. Eliminating the daily commute will save you hours each week, plus the cost of fuel or public transport. You pocket time and money – it’s a win-win.
More time to spend with the family
With this extra time up your sleeve, you can spend mornings catching up on emails or driving your kids to school instead of filling a thermos and making a dash for the door. And imagine all the stuff you could get done in the afternoon or early evening instead of staring at brake lights for what feels like (or literally is) hours.
The flexibility of working from home also means you can dictate your working hours to suit your schedule, so you can use your time more efficiently and finally make room in your day for all the important stuff you’d usually have to miss your lunch break for.
Flexibility for yourself, your family - or pets!
Juggling your work life and family life can be stressful at the best of times, let alone when one of your troops gets the flu. Another great advantage of working from home when you have a family (or a pet, for that matter) is you’re always nearby should they fall sick.
When you have a home office, you’ve already got everything you need to get to work while being on call for your unwell child or pet - and you won’t feel as guilty as you would leaving a traditional office to join them watching SpongeBob.
Bonus tip: You can wear your pyjamas (unless you’re having Skype meetings, of course!).
Claim deductions at tax time
You might be eligible to claim deductions for your home office expenses, such as:
In order to claim deductions, your home office needs to be a space where you conduct work to gain an income – not just where you pay your bills online or the kids do their homework.
Lower overhead costs
Renting an office space, buying office equipment and supplies (hello, coffee pods) and paying for utilities can really add up.
Running your business in a home office saves you all kinds of overhead costs, allowing you to get competitive with the prices of your products or services and attract more sales. Or you can maintain your prices and enjoy a healthier bottom line – it’s up to you.
This then gives you the freedom to invest in more people or equipment, and to work the hours needed to suit your daily business operations (and your budget) at your own pace.
Be more productive
That’s right. Research has proven that people who work from home get more done. The study showed a 13% performance increase and an improvement of work satisfaction.
So if you’re worried working from home will leave you distracted and ticking less tasks off your list each day, don’t be. Working from home might be your ticket to increased productivity.
Prefer working in a dark environment? More productive when listening to loud music? Dream of an office filled with plants? When you have a home office, you can tailor the space to suit you. Not a cubicle or harsh neon light in sight!
Whether you work better in an open and breezy workspace or a compact and cosy office, working from home gives you the freedom to create a space that you not only want to work in, but to be in (and let’s be real – decorating a home office is pretty fun too!).
Home office ideas
When decorating your own workspace, you’re limited only by your imagination. Here are some office furniture and décor ideas to get you started!
Home office wall cabinets are a great way to keep your equipment and paperwork organised and out of the way.
A funky office chair can add a pop of colour and bring bucket-loads of character to contemporary office furniture.
A corner desk with shelves and drawers ensures you have a place for everything. We love this modern two-tone corner cabinet desk.
Office storage furniture makes for a tidy and functional workspace. Add a buffet, sideboard or credenza to your list of must-have office furniture for increased organisation.
Office bookshelves are good for more than just books and binders. They’re also the perfect spot for those personal touches, like photo frames and indoor plants.
Want to get started kitting out your home office? Our Office Packages have everything you need to work from home in comfort and style. Time to get to work!