I find it hard to sympathise with people who are getting fed up with working from home. According to a recent report, demand for shared workspaces has increased by 170 per cent in the past 12 months. That’s a lot of people renting offices, given that the ranks of the self-employed have swelled to 4.2 million.
As a freelance journalist, I rented an office from 2003 to 2008, mainly because I wanted to get away from my four young children. But now that they’re all at school I’m back working from home and I can’t think of a good reason to change that arrangement. There are simply too many advantages.
Daytime television, for instance. Yesterday, I took a break at 11.30am to watch Daily Politics and while I’d like to say I only do that on Wednesdays – because of Prime Ministers’ Questions – I’d be lying. No doubt it’s possible to while away on hour or two watching television in the middle of the day in shared offices, but the presence of other people would put me off. They might disapprove. And therein lies one of the best reasons to work from home: you don’t have to waste time trying to look busy. (To read more, click here.)