Working from home has numerous advantages. For many, an alternative workplace is a dream come true compared to the commuting, atmosphere, waste of time, and expenses associated with a classic office setting. However, there are certain guidelines that must be followed in order to ensure that your home office is a pleasant and productive place to spend your day in, as well as a justifiable substitute compared to a corporate location.
Choose The Space Wisely
Depending on what your property is like if there is an option to get as far away from the main areas of the house as possible- use it. This can mean converting a garage, basement or storage space into your new workspace. You can also use an extra bedroom or even a shed in your backyard. An added perk would be to have space with an en suite or kitchenette available for clients or visitors. This way, you will avoid going into the central areas of the house. The goal is to have a designated place for work only and be far from distractions (i.e. The kitchen and living room areas), especially when living with a family and children.
If you are thinking about a home office as a permanent solution, consider building an attachment. Not only will this arrangement set your mind frame into work-mode, but your housemates will also better understand not to interrupt you during ‘office hours’. If you do not have a spare room or space, and building a new one is out of the question, then dedicate a corner of the room to your workspace. Any space will do, as long as your work has its own nook and stays within bounds.
Select The Right Décor
Chances are that you will be strapped for space. Look for office furniture that can double as storage such as desks with lots of drawers. If floor space is tight, go vertical with shelving and overhead storage. Clutter is a proven distraction. You can even reuse old furniture such as a chest with storage inside as a seating area. The style is up to you, depending on whether space is separated or within a room that already has its own color scheme and function. Hang pictures, memory boards, brochures or art on the walls. DisplayMe has many products which can spruce up the look of your home office.
In a home office, you have the freedom to design and decorate your space in any way that makes you want to spend time there. Lighting is essential in any office situation, especially during the winter. Because home offices are usually in tight or converted spaces, make sure to pick bright and good quality lighting. This will not only make the space more inviting, but it will be easier to focus on your work.
Cherry-pick The Technology
Certain software is indispensable when working remotely. Your number one concern is to stay in touch with clients and partners. A fast and stable internet connection is basic but also think about things like video conferencing, cloud sharing, anti-virus programs etc. As far as equipment is concerned, be mindful of the space you have available and try not to clutter your home office by doubling up on devices that basically do the same thing or endless cables. Dysfunctional equipment can also be a distraction and prevent you from enjoying your home office setting. The best thing to do is to invest in new top quality equipment, ensuring that you won’t be left stranded and cut off from the rest of the
Home is the New Office
Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, not just amongst small business owners but within large corporations as well. There are many benefits including the freedom to work in a relaxed setting, reduced operating costs and it is even an environmentally friendly solution. Done the right way, your home office can be functional, beautiful and profitable.
Author: Tony Solomon