Whether you are running your own business from home, or just getting some work done on a slow weekend, you are going to need to set up an office space. This may sound easy because you can just clear some junk off that old desk in the study but, it is not that simple. If you are not working in the right environment, you will not be operating efficiently, and that means that you will be wasting a lot of time. Time you may not have, particularly if you are trying to run your own business. Therefore, here are a few steps to follow to create the perfect office space in your home.
Choose The Right Room
Ideally, this should be a room that is not used for anything else in your house. However, while you can convert a family room or conservatory into a place for work, we do not recommend just putting a desk in your bedroom. This will confuse your body and mind, making both unsure of whether to work or sleep in a bedroom and that will lead to a very restless night. This is not what you want if you are trying to wake up in the morning and get down to business.
Therefore, choose a room like an unused study or just a spare room. You will then need to get rid of any junk inside it and any distractions. For instance, you do not want this room to be painted a particularly bright colour and if it is, we suggest going over it in a soothing cream colour.
Get The Right Furniture
This will not take that much effort because you do not need a lot of furniture. We suggest you buy a set of filing cabinets, a desk and a comfortable chair. Remember that you are probably going to be sitting in it for a long time so you do not want to get a sore back or the dreaded RSI. Do not fill the room with knick knacks or ornaments because these will just act as distractions. Instead, keep the room as clean and clear as possible with only one or two home comforts.
Obviously there are physical pieces of tech that you will need, like a laptop or computer. But we do not recommend buying physical versions of software that are no longer necessary. For instance, there is no need to buy Excel when you can instead use google sheets for free on a system that is easy to share with other employees. You may also be considering buying expensive technology like a fax machine but services like Efax fax make this cost a thing of the past. Instead, you can send all your faxes digitally by email, for a fraction of the cost.
Our final piece of advice is that you adjust to working from home. Set several alarms in the morning at first because we imagine you will sleep straight through a few of them at the start. If you can, gradually ease into working at home, doing a few more hours a day until you are on a schedule of nine to five. Unless of course, you are just doing weekend work in which case feel free to stop and start whenever you like.
We hope you found this post useful and enjoy using your new home office space.
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