- On November 29, 2016
Alan Turing’s work at the University of Manchester, developing theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, was the birth of the modern computer. Thanks to the digital age we now live in, Greater Manchester is at the forefront of using new technology to support working at home.
Bedrooms, garages and sheds, kitchen tables – and if you’re lucky, a home study – are increasingly being used to turn homes into workplaces. This is not just a trend amongst the self-employed, as some bigger companies are downsizing office space, encouraging employees to hot desk and spend part of their working week at home. There are also increasing numbers of people turning to franchising, multi-channel marketing schemes and “cottage industry” to create much-needed second incomes.
This explosion in the freelance economy is not only helped by digital advances, but the growing community often cashes in on them. Website and app development, and IT support continue to be hot areas for anyone tempted by freelancing. Health and lifestyle product companies are developing armies of “agents” to promote and sell goods on social media, sometimes providing company-fulfilled websites so recruits don’t even need to hold stock.
For anyone who dreams of working from home, it’s not all lie-ins, lounging around in your pjs and weekends that start on Thursdays!
Your employer may adhere to Health & Safety regulations with ergonomic chairs, appropriate lighting and specialist computer desks, but how many of those working from home are hunched over kitchen tables or working in cramped spaces? There’s that pile of paperwork to remind you 24/7 that you have tasks left undone, and potentially boxes of stock and even machinery to move around. But the whole point of doing this is to make sure you hang onto every penny earned, making office or warehouse space out of the questions. Or is it?
What many Greater Manchester home-workers, rookie entrepreneurs and second-income warriors don’t appreciate is the availability and affordability of work and office space. FLEXiSPACE Self Storage and Workspace on the edge of Manchester City Centre offers adaptable offices, lockers and workshops that can be rented short or long term, from a cupboard to a warehouse! This can be upgraded or downsized as your business grows or adapts to seasonal trends. If you work from home, why not give us a call today to see how we can help you out?