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Working From Home, A Tiny Home That Is

One of the things I have been trying to workout is in the future I plan to work remotely, which means a good bit of work will be done inside my tiny house.  It is one thing to live in a tiny house, but it is another to also run a business out of it.  Now working from home is fine if you have a job that is all done in the cloud, but with my work I need to have a good number of materials, resources, and tools on hand to do my job.  So how do I balance this in a tiny home.

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I guess the first the real first question I feel I should ask is SHOULD I work from home?  There is a lot of research to suggest that you should have a dedicated space to work out of.  I also feel like philosophically I should separate work and life to ensure a good work life balance.  One thing that people know about me is that when it comes to work, I work hard at work, but at 5pm, the computer and the phone goes off and I leave work at work.

I think this is an important step in living in a tiny house, developing boundaries to things that would intrude upon the life you wish to live.  While you should work hard, deliver results, work well with your co-workers: understand your responsibility to it, but realize that a career is a means to live the life you want to live.  You do not live to work, you work to live.

So on this line of thinking I am beginning to think that I might be looking at building a tiny house office for when I do shift to full time work from home.  It get’s the gears turning in my head about what it might look like.  I want to be able to work in a place that is beatutiful, that is bathed in natural light, that is functional and inspires creativity.

Your Turn!

  • How do you keep a work life balance working at home?
  • Do you have any links to amazing tiny offices?
8 Comments
  1. http://tinyhouseswoon.com/tiny-house-with-studio/

    A nice arrangement of two tiny home and workspace.
    Building Tiny Houses is like eating potato chips ,you can’t build just one!
    Although you may find it works out just fine working within your Tiny House when it is completed by building an outside storage shed and converting your living space into a workspace by shifting a few items in and out when needed.
    Robert
    TheTinyBungalow

  2. I’m planning on working from home as well when my tiny house is built. First, I have to convince my current employer to allow it, or find new employment that encourages telecommuting. My work is all data driven, so just me and a computer with multiple screens will do the trick. I’m considering adding an additional 4′ to my home to make it a 20 footer, and to use the extra 4′ as my office space. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but for this group, we should all know that tiny spaces are a passion, so 4′ x 8′ is PLENTY of room. Although, I don’t really separate my work life from my personal life. I don’t really do a personal life, so work is also my hobby. But, a dedicated space for my computers would be fun. I think I’d deck it out in LEDs and paint the walls black and have task lighting, kind of like a server room (where I currently work). That environment really gets my mind thinking. Anyway…

  3. I work from home, and its my second time of doing it and first time round it was a nightmare. It’s not for everyone and certainly takes some discipline both for you and the people around you. At my first attempt the other people in the house couldn’t get their around the fact that I was supposed to be working so constant interruptions made it unworkable.
    This time round its totally different, I work from whichever part of the house I like. In the summer I take my laptop and cellphone and head to the beach and work from there.
    The beauty of working from home for me is the fact that I can really work from pretty much anywhere so I’m not tied to the house, no matter how small it is.

  4. I will be working from home out of a Tiny House starting this summer. We plan on building a tiny office separate from the tiny house sometime after our initial build is complete. This will help separate living from working.

  5. Luckily for me, I already work at home from my personal computer(Commodities Trading). When I do make the move to a tiny house with my family, a laptop and wifi at my little kitchen counter will be my home office. Or the small couch by the window nook. The only tricky part will be balancing trading and watching my newborn!

  6. I live in a 200 sq ft flat and have had a home business. About half of my In-house possessions are office or photography supplies. It is definately a challenge to run a home-based business from a small flat. I live alone, so that definately helps: I’m not negotiating space with another person other than my dog who rarely negotiates!. I also have kitchen privileges with the house my flat is attached to, so I don’t cook in my home anymore. I just couldn’t fit the cooking equipment and the office equipment! I didn’t have much of a work life balance when I was always working at home…I worked at odd hours although often due to having clients in different timezones. Now I work some outside the hme and some at home, and that helps give me balance. I also noticed that working in a tiny space caused some weight gain for me. You would be amazed how little calories you burn when you spend 8 hours a day in a tiny space rather than a larger office that requires a longer walk to the drinking fountain and restroom.

  7. It is great to hear from so many tiny house people who are also working from home. I think it is quite possible and I think the tiny life and remote working go hand in hand.

    My work is done entirely from my laptop. All I need is a reliable internet connection and I’m good to go. Matt works for a more traditional company but still he can do his work on a tablet or his work laptop. Much of what he does involves conference calls which he would often take outside on a beautiful summer day.

  8. Something you might want to consider is called “coworking”. This is a situation in which several people who are location independant (and often from completely different companies) descide to work together in a shared office space.

    You essentially pay rent by the desk, and in response you still have a space seperate from your home to help free you from the destractions and mindsets of working from home, as well as a lot of office ammenities that you may not get otherwise, like good copiers, printers, comercial grade internet, fax machines and conference rooms.

    It allows for a sense of comrodery as well with the other works, while not actually interacting with them as employees. Also, these office spaces tend to be much nicer than some more traditional office spaces. Check out these sites.

    http://collectiveagency.co/photos/
    http://wiki.coworking.com/

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