Synico Solutions started in a 2 bedroom apartment. There, in a tiny makeshift office made from a spare bedroom, 2 entrepreneurs with a passion for tech and engagement worked for 25 hours a week to make a brand for themselves. While the work wasn’t easy, we had solace in the fact that we were working from our own home.
Working from home offered a number of comfort and quality of life changes. Our office hours became very flexible and we found ourselves stepping away from our desks multiple times a day. Thanks to the online nature of our work, we could dress comfortable most days without having to worry about professional appearance. Being able to say that you’re making a living from home definitely had its own bragging rights. Soon, we found ourselves working full time in Synico and outgrew our tiny spare bedroom office.
After one year, we found that working from home, combined with going through the motions of starting your own business creates a honeymoon effect; you want to celebrate the positive sides of being home all of the times that you don’t see the negatives.
As the business expanded, our responsibilities from our day-to-day grew. Moving from an apartment to a larger house allowed us to have a dedicated home office. While this was meant to allow us to have a bit of separation from our work and personal lives, having a home office in fact did the opposite. For at least 40 hours every week, we found ourselves trapped in our own home. Oftentimes, even when we would leave the home office, we found ourselves unable to get out of the work mindset. The entire house became more of our workplace and less of our home. Being home almost all of the time led us to becoming depressed, frustrated, and uninspired with our work. Our desks were always in view, so even when we weren’t working, we would feel guilty for taking time to ourselves. We felt that we had to be working every minute that we had available–even when friends and family were at our house. Despite working longer, most of our work was not efficient because of the stressful environment that we created.
With the separation of our professional and personal lives being all but nonexistent, our business was in danger of suffering from massive productivity drops. Something had to change, and so we took the plunge into the co-working scene.
After 2 years of running Synico, we knew that we wanted to both ensure the longevity of the company and take care of our own mental health. Along with a number of changes to Synico–including downsizing our client base to only the top 10%–we decided to bite the bullet and move into a co-working space. While it took a little bit of adjusting, the benefits of fully separating our home and work spaces were felt almost immediately. The largest benefit was being a part of a professional community that only inspired us to make the most of our 8 hours at the office. Personally, I cannot describe how wonderful it is to have small chats with other self employed Hoosiers from when I grab my cup of coffee to when I’m wishing my fellow coworkers a nice evening. Being surrounded in a professional and comforting atmosphere has allowed us increase our productivity in a noticeably efficient way.
Being able to completely leave our work at the office has improved our personal life; no longer do we feel like we need to continue to work after 5PM. Our depression seemingly evaporated as our home became our home and not an extended workspace. To all of our fellow entrepreneurs, I strongly suggest looking outside of your home as you work to make your dream a reality. You never know how much your business can expand simply by a change in work scenery.