If you have a small business home office, chances are you’re working within a tight budget. Working from home is a great idea, but it also means that you are sharing your living space with your work and that can get a little uncomfortable at times. To ensure the best productivity, there are a few things you should consider when setting up your home office.
First of all, think about where you actually have space. If you live in a one bedroom apartment, you’re not going to have a lot of options. Unless you are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, chances are you’ll be doubling up on space usage.
Look at some unusual areas. For example, under the stairs or a walk-in closet could be converted into a small business home office. No closets? Then you will just have to get creative.
Avoid using your bedroom as an office if you can help it. This is for two reasons, first because it is very difficult to work when you are tired and the bed is just a few steps away and second, you may find that you have problems sleeping when you are in the same room as your work. The temptation to continue working can be pretty strong at times!
Whether you are in a closet or squashed between the couch and the television, your surroundings are important. Invest in a desk or table that will give you space to settle in. You will also want something that looks decent. If you have an older desk, use a tablecloth or some paint to make it over.
A bulletin board hanging in on the wall above the desk is a great way to give yourself more space for notes, while also making your work space a little more professional.
Sure, you have room for your desk, but what about filing or storing work related information? Opt for a desk with drawers, use simple drawer dividers to maximize use of the space and consider investing in more shelves to put at the back of the desk. You can never have enough space and it is well worth it to invest a bit and make sure you have enough room for everything work related so you can stay organized and not get frustrated.
A small business home office needs to be organized because it is often out where others will see it when they come to visit. If you are lucky enough to have your own space for your business, this is great, but otherwise, you’ll need to look at ways to make your home office suit your needs.