Most people dream of leaving the office behind and working from home. As a freelancer, I have the opportunity to work from anywhere. But this year I decided to start renting an office. And I believe it has had a greater impact on my work and quality of life than anything else I’ve done. Here’s why: I decided working from my couch in my professional attire (sweatpants) was not a good idea for me. Even though an office would create an additional financial burden I wasn’t sure I could afford, I decided the move was worth it for a few specific reasons. I wanted to create a separation of work life and home life. I wanted to have a space that was specifically for creativity and work. I wanted to be around other people in my industry, not only for networking, but to see how others operate and to learn from them. And I wanted to force myself into greater motivation and efficiency. Let’s go into each one a little bit more. I intentionally raised the stakes.