Strategies for Setting Up Your Home Office
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If you’re getting a home-based business up and running, you know just how difficult it can be to get your best work done from your kitchen table or your living room couch. Every entrepreneur working out of their own home should have a home office where they can focus on their latest projects. When you have a home office, you will be able to keep all of your business supplies safe and organized, and you can work without dealing with distractions from others in your household.
Nick Lansley’s Innovation Lab explains how to designate the right space for your office, choose functional furniture, and make sure you have a strong WiFi connection.
Research Home Prices
If you’re tight on living space, and you’ve been thinking about relocating to a larger home where you’ll have the opportunity to expand your business, it’s time to start researching real estate prices in your area. Get familiar with prices homes are fetching. Work with a qualified real estate agent with expertise on your local market so that you can find a house with plenty of room for your home office supplies and additional storage space.
Building a New Space
Are you short on extra space in your home? If you have a big backyard, it may be time to think outside the box and consider how you could transform a shed into a cozy and secluded home office. Should you decide to pursue this option, you’ll just need to have a plan for heating your space. Cottage Life recommends using infrared heating or an electric construction heater to stay warm.
Renovate an Unused Room
Has your garage or attic turned into a space for storing junk and not much else? Have you ever told yourself that you would get around to finishing your basement one day, but you just keep putting it off? This could be the perfect excuse to renovate one of these spaces and turn it into a home office. You’ll have plenty of room for your business supplies, and you’ll also enjoy more privacy from the rest of your household.
Furniture and Storage Tools
Once you’ve chosen the perfect space for your home office, you’ll need to purchase the right furniture and storage tools. Choose a desk that suits your available space and supports your workday needs. For maximum comfort, Concept Seating recommends buying an adjustable ergonomic chair with a strong headrest.
You’ll also want to consider installing floating cubbies or setting up labeled plastic bins to keep your belongings from getting disorganized. Without adequate storage space you risk accumulating clutter that can cause undue stress in your work area. To further alleviate or eliminate sources of anxiety and brighten the environment, incorporate a calming paint scheme and allow as much natural light in as possible.
Set Up Tech Connections
If you’re turning a spare bedroom into an office, you may be able to rely on your home’s broadband connection while working, but if you’ll be working out of your attic, garage, basement, or an outdoor shed, you might need to set up a new network. After all, you do not want your connection to drop when you’re video conferencing with clients or hopping on a phone call with a customer. You could also think about purchasing a WiFi extender to expand your home network’s reach.
A Personal Flourish
Don’t forget to bring a little creative flair to your workspace! Frame a few cute pictures of family and friends for your desk, or pick up paintings and other art pieces from local businesses to express your unique tastes. You may also want to place a few houseplants around your office, especially if you love spending time in nature.
It can be difficult to adjust to working from home. If you don’t have a private workspace of your own, it isn’t easy to establish a healthy work-life balance and stay focused on what’s most important during your workday. But with your own home office, you’ll be able to maximize your productivity and concentrate on growing your business.
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