As the number of self-employed and home-workers continues to rise, we highlight two very different solutions for people without room for a home office
The number of employees who say they usually work from home has increased by a fifth (19%) over the past decade, according to analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) using figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Today, nearly a quarter of a million (241,000) more work from home than did years ago.
A study by homeworking agency Sensée suggests that home-workers put in more hours than they did when office-based, yet are happier because they can choose the hours they work to fit around family responsibilities. Three quarters of home workers (77%) said working from home enables them to achieve more in their day, including exercising more and caring for family members or friends.
To maximise the benefits of home-working, it is helpful, arguably essential, to have a dedicated home office, kitted out with ergonomic seating, a spacious desk and good lighting. Clearly, this is not possible for all home workers, especially flat-sharers and parents with children still living at home. Without a spare room to occupy, how can they create a clear physical separation between home and work?
One option is to set up a garden office and work from a shed or summerhouse. My Bothy offers a contemporary solution in the form of an ‘auxiliary building’ that can be delivered pre-built or flat-packed for construction on-site. This has a distinctive glass front and bi-fold doors that open up to create an alfresco space. A range of interior, technological and heating options let you design a bespoke workspace. Prices for these stylish sanctuaries start at £17,000 + VAT.
If you can’t work from your own home, how about working from someone else’s? Vrumi, a sharing economy start-up dubbed the ‘Airbnb of workspace’, matches empty rooms with people who need somewhere to work during the day.
Founder Roddy Campbell says: “We have seen a significant increase in demand from major companies, entrepreneurs, freelancers, micro-workers and professionals for unique, creative workspace which is also cost-effective. They are turning to Vrumi to host creative sessions so their teams can get together in a unique setting, sparking creativity and saving time as decisions are focused whilst the host makes money.”
The service seems like a win-win as workers get a comfortable, inspiring place to work and householders make money from their properties. A wide range of rooms are available for hire, with prices starting from as low as £6 a day.
Initially only available in London, Vrumi has begun a national roll-out after raising more than £900,000 on crowdfunding platform Seedrs.