Flying Fox wrote:
There should be some "office space for rent for a couple hours a week" kind of facility for you to consider.
On a related note, lots of hotels have rentable conference and convention rooms that tend to sit empty for much of the week, particularly during the day. Reserve a usually-empty slot on a recurring basis and the cost might be fairly cheap. If the hotel has on-site food service or a contract with a local caterer, you might be able to arrange drinks and snacks as part of a package deal.
Schools, colleges, and libraries sometimes have options like this, too.
I have never worked out of the house, but I like the above. Going to school full time while working is more then a full time job when I did it, and the change of scenery can trigger various modes.
I tended to work better in my office, study better at the library, and relax better at home.
Personally, if I had the chance to, I would do it like this:
1)Keep my routine, in terms of getting up, showering, getting dressed, and so on like you said, with a few changes. (see below)
2)Grab a big rolling bag and make it your office, with or without IP phone if you don't want to forward it.
Make it a complete mini office, with laptop, tablet, headset, snack, etc...
3) Either 2 or 3 days a week, take your portable office and leave the house; go get coffee and a snack, and go to a college or public library, the kind that has private study rooms.
(My brother has a great quiet place to study at home, but always gets more done when he goes to that kind of library, and there are always rooms open.)
4) Either 2 or 3 days a week (depending what you decide with above) , leave the house, go for a short drive for coffee or something, then go home and work, in a totally separate work space.
I am currently building a room in my basement as a office, and just basic framing, electrical and unfinished dryway being put up is only a few grand for the guys doing it.
Walls will be drywall, but not mudded, tapped or painted. (No budget for it now)
I am then gonna roll out some closeout basement carpet with the built in padding a BAM! Instant office.
The routing and leaving home can be adjusted once you get used to it, but in the beginning, it will keep you from rolling out of bed thinking you are already at work
Friends that work from home swear by the above.
Good luck, and use your new found freedom to make it to the BBQ this year.