If you work at home and/or online, then you may find yourself working at least a little differently than if you were working at an actual office. I can honestly say that because I know for a fact that I do not put on business clothes and sit at my laptop every single day (or ever). I definitely dress more casual.
Sometimes it is easier just to do everything online, but if you want to be successful then you of course need to get out there to get things done. Even with an online business, occasionally you will need to leave your home in order to conduct work. Staying professional even though you work online is still a necessity.
Not everything can be done online.
Even though for some online workers it may be nice to purely just send and receive emails, but sometimes meeting in person or talking on the phone is needed. You can probably convey what you are saying better if you are talking on the phone or in person.
Also, sometimes many people will want to hear your voice before they determine if your services are right for them. It helps secure a better spot in their mind because they will feel more connected to you.
Whether you run a financial management firm, consultant business, website design business or you are a writer, occasionally you will have to meet your clients face-to-face. And when you do meet, you should dress and act the part to confirm to your clients that you mean business and that you are still professional even if you work from home.
Occasionally, you may need an office.
When I worked at my day job, some of the office spaces were leased to others. One major hit was our conference room, and it seemed like there was a waiting list of people without actual offices who wanted to use our meeting room space.
Some clients may want to meet in person, especially if they are located nearby. Also, if you are an expanding online business, then you may be looking to hire additional employees, and you may need a space to conduct weekly meetings more professionally.
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