Many people work from home when they start their own business. It is convenient and can keep costs down. Working at a separate office space like Assemble provides many advantages though. Aside from the amenities, location and other obvious benefits of our shared office, the simple process of commuting to work has its own advantages. Below are some reasons why commuting to work can be an important part of your work day.
In Chicago, it is fairly easy to bike to work. Many streets have bike lanes and the Divvy bike sharing service makes biking to work convenient for those who don’t own their own bike (Assemble tenants get an exclusive discount as well). Even if your bike to your office space is only 10-15 minutes, getting the blood flowing in the morning is a great way to start the day. You’ll be more focused and energized when you get to your shared office space. Your ride will help you clear your mind as well.
Even if your commute involves taking the CTA, most people have to walk a few minutes from their home to the CTA stop. That morning and evening walk is a great source of exercise. Don’t forget, Assemble’s shared offices are steps away from the CTA red line Division/Clark stop.
When you work from home it can often be difficult to “turn off” work. Why watch a movie when you can hop on the computer and work on a proposal or project?
Commuting to work helps to establish the separation between home life and work. Even if you work long hours, which is often necessary when running a start up or small business, having to leave your office when your day’s work is complete helps to separate home/social life from work.
Having your own small business provides you with great flexibility. You can make your own hours and adjust them as needed to suite your needs. Sometimes knowing that you can work anytime causes you to lose some stability. Creating your own routine and sticking to it can help you stay productive.
While it is possible to have a set schedule while working from home, commuting to work can help you maintain a routine. You’ll likely need to leave your home at the same time each day to get to your shared office or cowork space in time for your business hours.
Sometimes commuting an extra few minutes each direction is worth it if you can work in a great office. Assemble’s shared offices provide value, amenities and a fantastic working environment for our tenants. Even if you don’t live in the Gold Coast or Old Town neighborhoods of Chicago, you’ll likely find that it is worth it to commute to Assemble because of our many benefits.