Home office vs. office

I wonder how many of you guys works at home/home office - the same location you live and sleep?


  • I work at home. After bringing the kids at school, I open my laptop on the dining room table and work. :)
  • I used to work at home many years. Now I have a little office in the city and I’m pretty happy with that I can make a move and change place.
  • i work at home, and in fact for the moment my office and bedroom are the same room. I wouldn't recommend this setup, but it's what i'm stuck with for the time being. 
  • Chris LozosChris Lozos Posts: 1,372
    I worked in an office for 43 years but the last 10 years at home and for myself.  Home wins!  I do have a separate room for my office, though.
  • Mark SimonsonMark Simonson Posts: 1,359
    I have a studio at home, in a repurposed bedroom. I fantasize about having my studio somewhere else sometimes, to make the line between work and not-work less blurry. I did that for a while back in the eighties, sharing a space with an illustrator (who unfortunately was a fan of working while listening to speed metal at maximum volume--we ended up avoiding being in the office at the same time). There are lots of interesting buildings in walking distance from my home. But in the end I can't give up the convenience (or the commute) of working at home. I've done it so long now it's hard to imagine doing otherwise. I've become accustomed to the blurriness.
  • Nick ShinnNick Shinn Posts: 1,746
    I’ve worked at home since 1992. I was an art director/graphic designer then. That was before the internet; the game-changers being the telephone-answering (cassette) machine and pager—but then email and the web sealed it.

    As a home-owner, it made more sense to pay “rent” into my property equity than someone else’s. And I can write off a proportion of my home expenses (mortgage, heating, etc.) as a business expense, especially for taxes.

    I was able to work at home because the business is just me and Karey (spouse), with occasional e-help from other designers around the world, some of whom I have actually met at type conferences!

  • I work in a repurposed back bedroom, surrounded by rampaging small boys. Not recommended.
  • Vassil KatelievVassil Kateliev Posts: 56
    edited March 2017
    I work at home four days a week and three days I spend in my office, which is two streets away from where I live (yeah I work seven days a week but in small batches). Change of place is nice and much needed.

    In my opinion working at home is convenient, but it is better to have an office - it draws a solid (sane) border between rest and work - working at home in pajamas :) may sound a dream-come-true to some (especially my friends), but it blurs the boundaries of your life cycle - am I working now, am I resting; should I pay attention to my kids or should I concentrate on that project... you get the idea :)
  • Chris LozosChris Lozos Posts: 1,372
    Ahh, color separators, strippers, engravers, airbrush artists, a different day, James! And we no-longer need a Stat machine!

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  • Thomas PhinneyThomas Phinney Posts: 2,097
    edited March 2017
    I have been full-time in my home office setup for three years now. Although it has some minor drawbacks as well, overall it is wonderful.  :)  I get more time with my wife and family this way.

    One thing nobody has mentioned: hardware reduction. When I worked in an outside office I still had various peripherals at home. Now I don't need a second set of monitors and printer and scanner in another location. 
  • Ahh, color separators, strippers, engravers, airbrush artists, a different day, James! And we no-longer need a Stat machine!
    Nope. I loved my stat camera and still miss it.  I do not love my scanner.  It's like LPs vs. CDs. The analog product had some soul to it that the screeching digital whatsit lacks.

    On the other hand, no one in history has ever missed a modem.
  • I miss modem sounds. I even miss putting my Commodore PET cassettes in a boom box.
  • Chris LozosChris Lozos Posts: 1,372
    My first modem was 400 baud.  At the time, we thought it was cool as shit ;-)  Beat the hell out of courier service or FedEx.
  • Thomas PhinneyThomas Phinney Posts: 2,097
    400? I remember 300, 1200, 2400, 9600, 14.4K and 28.8K....
  • Don't forget 56K, which was/is the fidelity limit of copper wires.
  • James PuckettJames Puckett Posts: 1,786
    Sometimes I think about having a real office and working around other people. Then I remember that most coworking spaces won’t let me listen to Electric Wizard at 100db. And a wall of books is great for acoustics. 
  • Chris LozosChris Lozos Posts: 1,372
    I can only work in silence.  When I listen to music, I have to either be in total attendance to it or driving a car.
  • Ray LarabieRay Larabie Posts: 1,110
    I've been working in my home office since I started making fonts about 20 years ago. I've got to have a guitar, bass, synth and drum machine close by to be productive and my hours are pretty random.
  • I've got to have a guitar, bass, synth and drum machine close by to be productive

    Having my guitar and harps around sometimes is helpful to stay productive, and sometimes a distraction. Depends on what music is floating through my head, I suppose. 

  • Most coworking spaces won’t let me listen to Electric Wizard at 100db.
    You have an exquisite taste, James. I'd gladly work in that office :wink:
  • James PuckettJames Puckett Posts: 1,786
    edited March 2017
    I generally prefer listening to conversations when I work, instead of music. I put on a TV show or movie that I've already seen, so I'm not distracted by what is happening.
    I do this to keep my mind occupied when I have to do a big batch of tedious work like adjusting obliques. Trashy horror movies are great because 90% of those films is just dumb teenagers walking around cheap sets and having forgettable conversations.
  • Chris LozosChris Lozos Posts: 1,372
    Sounds like some of you just need to work in a cheap apartment building ;-)
  • I have trouble in total silence, so whenever I can I put TV shows in languages I don't know in the background. The music I listen to is almost always in languages I don't know.
  • FWIW: http://nautil.us/issue/46/balance/noise-is-a-drug-and-new-york-is-full-of-addicts-rp
    "The optimal level for creative thinking, Mehta found, is 70 db — about the level of a crowded café."

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