When is it time to ditch your home office?

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Some of you know that I recently moved from a home office to a small office about ten minutes from my house . It was the greatest thing I have ever done, besides marrying my husband and having kids.

Which, ironically, sort of spurred the move.

Here is the teaser for the post I wrote for American Express Open Forum:

“Todd Kashdan, author of Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life, told me he once conducted a press interview in his bathtub, with the shower curtains drawn and the fan going full blast. According to Todd, “This was to drown out the sound of my three-year old twins, who were pounding on the door like brain-eating zombies, calling Daddy! Daddy!”

As a parent of toddlers, I have also had difficult moments while working at home. Once I was so frazzled trying to get my son and his friend settled down after school that I didn’t have time to take a shower or get fully-dressed for a Skype interview with “Good Morning America” workplace contributor Tory Johnson. Good thing the camera only showed me from my waist up.”

Read the rest of the article here. I have ten tips to know if/when you are ready to leave.

Enjoy your weekend!

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7 Responses to “When is it time to ditch your home office?”

  1. Mike Roosa says:

    I imagine that felt good moving into an office. I have been working from home for 4 years and there are many times I wish I had an office. It seems like your work day never ends, it’s so hard to create that separation when you work from home.

  2. It must be tough having kids AND working from home. I’m ok because I have no children living with me although my little brother and sister visit often and they’re crazy!

  3. Megan Zuniga says:

    Great article. I’ve just recently started working from home too. And it’s not as great as I anticipated. I miss the people, the gossip. I’m still single and no kids yet. I just thought it would be less stressful but I was wrong. Suddenly there is no barrier between your work life and your home life when you’re home is supposed to be your sanctuary. Now, I feel like my work has invaded my sanctuary. But I’m working on it…I found this helpful tips http://budurl.com/57fy and it’s becoming better.

  4. Angela says:

    Yay, Pam! I’m so glad to hear that you made such a leap – and even more excited that your business is in a position that you needed to do so. Many happy wishes for future biggification!
    Angela

  5. fas says:

    The only thing stopping to move out is the costs associated with the move.

  6. Hi Pam,

    I wrote a post on this:
    http://www.erica.biz/2009/what-is-not-working-for-you/

    All about moving from my home office to a real office. (We’ve since moved to a larger house, so I’m back at home again, but I may get an office again at some point.)

    -Erica

  7. Chris Mower says:

    Great article! I’ve got two kids under 4 years old and it’s nearly impossible to work while they’re awake. I’ve found that I work best after they’re in bed or early in the morning…or at the office. On the downside, my house is relatively small and sound travels through every room in the house, so those silent moments are far and few between.

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