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Home office chosen for different reasons

ACCORDING to a recent survey, more than one million Australians are running businesses from home.

However, others are leaving the home office and re-entering the traditional workplace.

Sandra Devahasdin Public Rela-tions principal Sandra Devahasdin said running her business from home had been essential when her two children were young.

She currently operates a business both from her home and an office in Northbridge.

“Having the home office is great for the kids and it makes it easier when I’m doing planning work,” Ms Devahasdin said.

With both her children and her business growing, she is now considering leaving the home office behind.

“Working from home has its definite advantages, particularly in saving time,” Ms Devahasdin said.

“Just the social intercourse with people you meet on your way to work can add to time costs.

“And we have such great communication facilities now.

“I take my laptop with me all the time and can still collect my email virtually anywhere.

“Working from home also has its cost advantages. There are fewer overheads.”

However, Ms Devahasdin believes working in an office will now be better for her business.

“I think your staff feel more comfortable working in an office,” she said.

“Also, working from home you feel pressured to maintain absolute cleanliness – not just of the workspace but the entire house.”

Perth architect Sharni Howe finds the home office scenario to be perfect for her needs.

Ms Howe said she had worked in big offices and was glad to leave the environment behind.

She said she could avoid a lot of the ‘office politics’ that can mar a good working day.

“Plus, having to leave home and go to an office to do something for a client is a hassle,” Ms Howe said.

She said operating a home office also demonstrated good value for money to clients.

“Clients want to know they are paying for your skills and not for the office,” Ms Howe said.

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