For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, making the leap from home office to full-fledge…
A home office is a lot more than just a desk and a computer, whether you’re an independent contractor or a remote worker. Whatever the nature of your work is, you have to have a space dedicated to only finishing tasks that are work-related. If you want a positive work environment, comfort and functionality are the keys to making your office space endurable in your day-to-day tasks. Here are some steps you need to take in order to make the best home office.
Choosing a space
If you’re setting up a new home office, you have to have a designated space that is off-limits to everything except work tasks. A laptop on the kitchen table or counter is an innovative solution – if you’re working from home for a few days, that is. But if you’re full-time at home – you need to create an illusion that home and work are two separate places.
Shut the door
The best bet is to find a spare room or any room you can use that has a door you can shut. A closed door can mean to not be disturbed by other house members while working, while also creating a barrier between you and your leisure time. If your space is limited, you can find a part of your home which you can designate for an office. Professionals from Supercheap Storage Solutions in Wollongong recommend decluttering your home – it can drastically improve your living space as well as make room for a new home office which you can isolate with some bookshelves or folding screens. Anything works as long as you have that “going to work” feeling that will cause them mental separation and invoke a business mindset.
If you’re going to spend the majority of the day working in your home office, you need to make sure you’re comfortable at all times for maximum efficiency and focus. Spare no expense when it comes to office furniture, like desks and chairs. Find a chair with a solid, comfortable seat, lumbar support in the back and other features for a variety of sitting positions. Last but not least, your computer is your most valuable asset when working from home. If you’re buying one exclusively for your home office, don’t experiment. Stick with what you already know when it comes to OS’s and brands and you’ll be fine – learning a whole new computer will just add frustration to the situation.
Ergonomics and communication
Check for ergonomics – chair, monitor height, desk height, and mouse and keyboard placement – these are all very important aspects of day-to-day work you’ll be doing. Also, find a way to completely separate your home phone or personal cell from your business phone. Even the most remote workers have a need to communicate with clients once in a while. Make sure they get a businesslike feeling from you.
This is the most fun part of creating a home office from scratch. Adding a personal touch to your office can increase your mood and enthusiasm for work. Plan a perfect mix of functionality and aesthetic appeal for maximum efficiency! When creating a home office, make sure the room gets lots of light – a bright workplace can improve your focus.
Light and color
Add additional lighting in form of floor and desk lamps. As for the color of the room, keep your palette bright and neutral to give the room the illusion of bigger space. You can also brand your office by adding branding colors throughout décor and designing the space to reflect your marketing message. A home office that reflects who you are as a brand is a great daily reminder of your business goals.
Add plants and flowers – not only do they look and smell nice, but they also provide purified oxygen for your office. After that it’s all up to you – a few personal touches in form of family photos, your favorite mug, anything that can motivate you to keep working hard.
Making your office better can take a while, but it is an investment that pays off in the long run. You need to be at your best to do your work, and what better way to do that than creating the ultimate space in which you can work efficiently?
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