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Is it better to have an office in your house or to have an actual office you drive to?

Is it better to have an office in your house or to have an actual office you drive to?

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mark’s Answer

Hi Harleigh,

It very much depends on your preferences, availability of private space at your home, and the possibility of being able to collaborate with other therapists if you are in a group practice or shared office environment. There are potential hazards in having a work from home therapy practice. You obviously lose the privacy of your home's location and might need to be extra careful about the clients you choose to work with.

I prefer to do therapy in an office environment. It feels more comfortable to me, but that's just me. If the work I am doing does not involve face to face therapy, then working from home is my preference. Talk with people you feel are similar in their preferences to you, and to some who have very different preferences. This approach you help you decide what sounds right for YOU!

I wish you success no matter what you choose.

Mark V.
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Molly’s Answer

The answer for this one really depends on the person you are asking. I think it's ideal to have a mix, or a flex work schedule, where you work a few days from home and a day or two in the office. That said, I've been working from my home office for 13 years and it does get a little lonely.

If you are just starting out your career, I personally would think it would be good to go in the office more often because there's so much to learn when you are first starting out.

You'll come up with what best works for you. Good luck!!

Molly

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Betty’s Answer

Hi Harleigh,

My personal opinion is that it's best to have the flexibility to work in either locations. Working remotely is very convenient and saves a lot of time on commuting. On the other hand, it takes a lot more effort to connect virtually with coworkers. In the office you get the benefit of more opportunities to chat with coworkers and to be seen which may give your manager more reassurance of your performance. If there's a good way.to balance both without giving up too much personal time while keeping your productivity high, that is the route I would recommend.
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Michael’s Answer

When I started my bachelor’s program, the professor gave us an assignment! I went home to do the assignment! At home, I found a million and one other things to do and never got around to doing the assignment! Reason being, is because my home is not conducive to doing anything other than relaxing and enjoying my sanctuary! So after that experience, the next seven years, I lived in the library of the university I attended! I graduated with a 3.7 gpa. If you are totally committed to the thing that you are doing, perhaps working from home may work! It saves money in travel and transportation but it can be the biggest distraction of all! Know your world view and move forward accordingly! Best of all in your future endeavors.
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