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    Julie MT
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    Hi there Active Counselling,

    I love the office/shed concept!

    Any chance you’d like to share where you purchased yours from and an idea of costs to set things up?

    It’s always a treat to hear how others do things on the home/office front.

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    ActiveCounselling
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    Hi Julie,

    it was the best investment I think we have ever made.

    The shed was 6mx12m which is equivalent to a 4 car garage. From memory it cost about $13,000 about 7 years ago.

    One quarter of the shed was converted into a office by a semi-retired builder we know. It cost about $3,500.

    We also had two network cables run from the house down to the shed while we had the trench open for the power cables. This allowed one cable to run as a phone extension and the second for connecting the computers to the Internet connection in the house.

    Looking from the outside of the shed it looks like a normal everyday shed. When you are in the office it looks like a very normal office. The secret is to put the finishing touches on that often don’t get done with a shed office. eg. Nice windows, cornices, skirting, carpet, insulation etc.. Also make sure you get good quality power and network/internet access. We did it on a budget but still put effort into making sure we would have a trouble free, practical and comfortable environment to work in.

    I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to work from home. The seperation of the two provides a real mental difference between work and home.

    I would send pictures of it but it just looks like a normal colour bond shed!

    Also should mention that I am a hoarder which is why I need the remainder of the shed for all the quality rubbish I collect!

    Hope that helps,

    Regards,

    David

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    Julie MT
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    Hi David,

    Your home office shed conversion sounds wonderful! And at 6 x12 m it’s huge! My whole backyard is only around 8 x 9 m wide!

    Definitely something for me to dream about for the moment, as we are midway between mortgage reduction/future renovation or relocation.

    Thanks so much for sharing. 162a3d6d.gif

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    devexpertseo
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    I go with rented office because office is very good place for working.

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    Premier Audio Visual, post: 330 wrote:
    So I sell and install professional audio visual equipment. Does it look really unprofessional to be working from home? Would it be worth the expense to invest in office space, or do I go for a virtual office?

    make sure you speak to your accountant. if you own (or have a mortgage on) your own home, if you claim expenses for having a home office, you could trigger capital gains costs when you sell your home.

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    kathiemt
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    small business marketing, post: 20286 wrote:
    make sure you speak to your accountant. if you own (or have a mortgage on) your own home, if you claim expenses for having a home office, you could trigger capital gains costs when you sell your home.

    Which is why I’ve never claimed for my home office for the past almost 16 years.

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    FionaFell
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    I work from home.

    Saves the overheads considerably, and most of my work can be done with my laptop and a web connection.

    I currently have a workspace of 1mx1.3m (DxW) in which I create websites for my clients. After I move into our new home, I will have 1mx3m (DxW) to work with.

    This extra space will help me keep a better handle on my ‘clear desk, clear mind’ theory.

    Don’t move out of the home, just becuase ‘someone tells you to’, assess the needs of your customers and see just how often then need to be impressed by an office/showroom space.

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    kathiemt
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    My work is nearly fully web based. I rarely have clients come to visit but when they do they are always surprised with how professionally set up it is.

    In the early days (pre and early internet) I never told people I worked at home because there was a real stigma about ‘backyard operators’. When people did eventually find out I’d get comments about how professional I was and that they thought I was in the city (Melbourne) somewhere. It’s all about perception.

    Just because I speak nicely on the phone, always respond promptly and so on people make assumptions. I think it also shows that people may have had bad examples demonstrated by some home based operators so they assume we’re all the same.

    Our location shouldn’t be an issue if the work can be carried out adequately from a home office. It’s only if you need to constantly have face-to-face contact with clients on your premises that you may need to assess what is best and whether you have the room to host them at home.

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    LeelaCosgrove
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    I’ve worked from home for four years … but in 2010 we’ll be moving into offices for the first time (… seriously looking at buying our own space). But that’s mainly because technically, I’m not flying solo anymore …

    I’ve got 1 full time staff member, about to take on a second, plus two part-timers. This will expand to a staff of around 10 next year … and I’m not having them all in my house!! LOL!

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    Burgo
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    I have worked from home for the last 24 years. The money I saved on rent, I wasted on other things, but as long as I had a good mobile phone and a computer that was all I needed. I went to my customers place and worked using their facilities.

    We had 10 staff from time to time and they rarely ever came to my house, every communication was by phone or visit on the job.

    Only downturn was not being able to put the car into the garage ’cause thats where I stored equipment and detergents.

    Keep your costs down and increase your income and maybe you might just make a profit and have to pay tax.

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    Karen Wardle
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    Just because I speak nicely on the phone, always respond promptly and so on people make assumptions.

    So true!

    My auntie has a business that she operates from home. She has a business partner in Melbourne, two office staff and also hires contractors several times a year to help her to set up conferences.

    She travels around the world with her work. This year she has been interstate more than 30 times.

    Earlier this year she flew to New Zealand to meet with their Prime Minister. This was at the invitation of the NZ Government.

    Earlier this year she was preparing for a conference and was expecting 500-600 people attend. Someone who was assisting with the organizing let her down at the last minute and her husband and I were madly putting together material so that it was ready before the couriers arrived to take it to the venue. It was a very hot day. We were at their house in our swimmers packing the training material. Her husband said to me, with a grin….do you think anyone at this conference would believe that she is running this from home.

    I doubt that they would and as Kathie has said, if you deliver what you promise and are professional then I don’t think it really matters. What is most important is if you can make the home option work for you logistically.

    Karen
    http://www.you-can-start-business.com

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    kathiemt, post: 348 wrote:
    I don’t give my address out Daniel in any of my materials or advertising. I use a PO Box and have in all the years I’ve been in business. No-one has ever questioned that. I don’t like advertising I have a lot of computer equipment in my home.

    +1

    If I really MUST put my home address I put the street name however no number (or a non existent number at least). Luckily, I live on a pretty loooong street so it won’t be easy to find me if someone did try to want to find me.

    Yet I’m the same, I prefer for my own privacy to not have my actual street address known. The other reason is I rent and do not own my own home thus I could be moving around a lot… saves having to update everything.

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    ramirezhenry55
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    My kids are growing and I wanted to bring in a very homey atmosphere for them hence we rented a small office and thats it for work. At home no more work loads, I guess this technique has given me more focus since I get to breath at home. I also don’t give my home address in any materials we have.

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    I am so, so bubbly happy … I have a new (home office based) contemporary white office and it looks fabulous!! It’s one week old today. So happy. Finally, after all these years it is finally looking fabulous and works so well. I’ve even labelled shelf drawers so we know where everything is. We paid an office interiors specialist (just happened to be my brother’s business speciality) to create something special for me. One of our daughters gave me a beautiful contemporary clock for Christmas to match. I love being in my office. Even my chairs are wonderful. It looks like an office anyone would love in a boutique space and encourages me to think of a fabulous 2010.

    I would encourage anyone to think professional no matter for an at-home office or a rented office, and to make your office space organised and somewhere you are proud and happy to be. Cheers and happy new year. :) :) :)

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    [Former] FS Concierge
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    Karen, congratulations!

    I can just picture you sitting there creating away in a beautiful space… awesome news! I hope you enjoy yourself there!
    Best for the New Year in your new office!

    Jayne

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