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Overcome the challenges of working from home

Co-working benefits for home-based businesses

Our first Hoffice was a real success. So much so that there are dates set for June through to September 2018. A Hoffice is where people who usually work from home on their own get together in someone’s home for a day of concentrated working in sprints of about 45 minutes with 15 minutes breaks in between. We aim to do a minimum of 5 sprints.

The good news is that several people who attended the first event are returning to work on specific projects at our second get together.

The original Hoffice concept was developed in Sweden and there are groups all over the world, mainly in continental Europe. I found the Hoffice website whilst doing some research for the Homepreneur book and thought I’d give it a go.

WORKANDHOME research project

As a result of joining the Hoffice.nu – Stockholm group on Facebook, the Homepreneur Hoffice days have been discovered by Dr Annabelle Wilkins, a research fellow at the University of Southampton, who is one of a team of academics investigating how home-based businesses in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany are evolving and growing. The WORKANDHOME study is looking at:

  • The reasons for the increase in home-based businesses
  • Where they are located
  • How they grow
  • How collaboration operates for people who work from home

A full description of their 5-year research project can be found here: https://workandhome.ac.uk/. I will be fascinated to read the results of their findings. Annabelle will be joining the June Hoffice – Hertfordshire to see how our group works and to talk to us about the challenges we face as home-based businesses.

As someone who has worked from home for 20 years, I know only too well how challenging it is to remain focused and motivated when isolated from co-workers. One of the positive things to come out of social media is the ability to form burgeoning relationships with others across the globe who face the same issues. Attending local networking and co-working events helps to keep you connected with others in the same situation.

Forming connections with the group in Sweden has led to meeting new people locally, being part of a research project and also being introduced to a Guardian journalist who may be interested in the results of the Homepreneur survey. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/homechallenge

You just never know where these connections might lead. Stay hidden behind your computer at your peril.

For all the Hoffice – Hertfordshire dates join the Homepreneur Community and details of how a Hoffice works can be found here: https://www.homepreneur.co/hoffice-airbnb-homepreneurs/

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