The Perils Of Working At Night – Should You Rent A Space?

Working Late - Maybe It's Time You Rent A Space

You’re a freelancer and you work from home, or have your own business, you work odd hours, probably long hours, and if you’re just getting started, you can expect it will be like this at least for the next couple of months.

It takes time to build a profitable business, have everything up and running, find contracts, gigs, and actually make ends meet. Chances are you’ll have to work at night, after the kids are asleep (if you have kids, of course). ;)

But if you can afford to rent a space and work during the day, provided you don’t have a day job, I’d suggest you go ahead and do it. Let’s see.

It’s 1am And You’re Still Working

You make yourself another coffee, hoping it’ll help you stay awake, because there are some last minute details you need to check. Now it’s 3am, and you’re still working on that project. You told your client, everything would be ready by tomorrow (which sounds more like “today” now). Someone has to do it, and that someone happens to be you. You go to bed at 4am.

You wake up the next morning, after a good night’s sleep (?), call you client to let him/her know everything went fine and you can deliver the project today. Life is great! Your client is happy, you get paid, and you’re ready to take on another project.

But why work on that project at night? Why not do it during the day?

Distractions.

TV, spouse, kids, phone, e-mail, neighbors, and so on… All during the day, usually at night it’s more calm.

But, if you look at this from another angle, working at night is even worse.

  • Less social interaction – Everyone works during the day
  • Recuperative sleep – What’s that?
  • Exhaustion and depression – Especially in winter months

Why Rent A Space?

You can rent a space, try to find one for cheap, and work during the day. But if you’re just getting started you probably don’t have that kind of money. On the other hand, if you work from home and the phone won’t stop ringing and your spouse needs you for this and that. You can’t just lock the door.

Working at night, from home, now seems more interesting, doesn’t it?
Yes it does, but maybe you should try finding a space to rent anyway, as it will help in your business, and you will most probably get more work done. It is a proven fact the a good night’s sleep helps with productivity and overall happiness. Having your own space, where you can work during the day, free of distractions, will help you in the long run.

Where To Look? What To Do?

There are many websites you can use to find a (cheap) space to rent. A simple search on Google will return many results. Or you can also search on Craigslist. There are often people posting on classified ads websites, that are looking for people to share the rent. Good place to start.

Or you can ask friends, family, people you know. Maybe one of your contacts is looking for someone to share the rent. Voila!

You also have to make sure you’ll have enough room. Chances are, a freelance musician or painter will need more space than a web designer or writer.

  • Would you like to have windows? That probably will cost more. If you don’t need it, drop it.
  • Do you need a fridge? Bring a lunch. No, restaurant is not a good idea.
  • How far is it from your place? Will you need to drive for an hour to get there? Save on gas, keep looking.
  • You can certainly find more questions, you simply need to ask yourself the right ones, and find the answers. Make sure you know exactly what you are looking for, and then go for it. All those business cards you collected in the past few months, maybe there’s a gem in there, maybe just a couple of phone calls and you’ll have your brand new office!

    You can also try getting a grant, as it will help you get started. But more often then not, a grant is not the best way to fund your business. (will write more on this topic soon)

    Working At Night?

    If you’re working at night, and going to sleep late every single day, maybe it’s about time you start looking for a place to rent, your own office (instead of the home computer). Finding the money to pay for that rent is actually not that hard. You can always try to find 2-4 people to split the costs. And trust me, you’ll get more done, in less time, which means more money in your pockets, and it’s easier to pay that rent. Oh and you’ll definitely enjoy a good night’s sleep. ;)

    Jon

    This article was written at 3am :)