The Way We Work

As freelancers, we often have the option of working from home. To get as much work done as possible, productivity experts say we should have a designated space for working.

Sometimes this is possible, but on many days the distractions can prove to be too much: the house phone constantly rings with calls from friends who think you can break whenever you want, the cat ceaselessly wants to nap on your keyboard, and the laundry screams to be done.

We love thinking outside the box for possible solutions and, if you have the space, a creative backyard office could solve all these problems. It is the best of both worlds: a very short commute with a private and distraction-free setting.

Here are five of our favorites from across the web.

Diogene by Vitra, designed by Renzo Piano and RPBW

This minimalistic design focuses on simplicity. It even heats itself.

The OfficePOD

Created specifically with the work-from-home population in mind.

Sett Studio’s Working Room for One

This stand-alone space is custom-built, then shipped right to you.

The Hem Loft

Yes, it’s a treehouse! You know you have always wanted one; now you can make it the hub of your business.

The Tetra Shed

At first glance, it looks a bit like a boulder — but it transforms into a very modern-looking workspace.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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Melanie Feltham

Contributing Author

As the Social Media Community Manager at Upwork, Melanie Feltham works closely with the social team to engage Upwork's active social audience. Her spare time is spent walking the lakeshore near her home office in Toronto, drawing and painting wildlife, and working on passion projects–the latest, a book about misconceptions spread by popular media. Connect with her on Twitter @MelanieFeltham to find out more about… read more