Setting Up Your Own Home Office
In today’s day and age where the internet has made communication quicker and easier than ever, more and more people are working remotely and from the comfort of their own home. This option can be beneficial for the employer who does not have to pay for a workspace, while the employee can save money and reduce stress by not having to commute to the office each day. Additionally, there is an increasing number of self-employed individuals working from their property and telecommuting with various clients. Although working at home can bring many advantages, it is vital that this is carried out in the right environment so that the individual can be productive and not distracted. Equally, they will want to be able to separate home from their job so that they can switch off after a day of work.
With this in mind, here is helpful advice on setting up an office in your house which is perfect for getting down to business:
Ideally, this area should be a room which is used solely for the purpose of working. Working from a bedroom is not ideal as you may struggle to feel motivated and it can also make relaxing in this room a challenge. Other rooms, such as the lounge or dining room, can be filled with distractions, particularly if you are sharing the house with someone who will be in the house during the day. You should be able to shut off the rest of the house from the workstation, and it should also be somewhere with lots of natural light, enough space to work comfortably, and high-quality connectivity. A spare room or study is ideal.
Much like any office, furniture will play a huge role in how productive you can be in this space. A large desk with multiple drawers is a crucial purchase along with a high-quality chair. It will allow you to work happily and comfortably for hours at a time. You may also want plenty storage space to avoid clutter so that you can stay organized. If you will be holding meetings from here, a spare chair or two is a smart investment.
As mentioned, hopefully, the room will have plenty of natural light cascading in throughout the day as this is healthy and will allow you to be productive. You will also want to invest in general lighting so that you can continue to work once the sun goes down but consider eco-friendly lighting to reduce running costs and to minimize environmental damage. Avoid putting lighting above your computer screen to avoid glare.
The equipment that you need in your office will depend on your line of work, but in most cases, you will want a computer with high-speed internet and office supplies. Many individuals that work from their property like to set up a private business phone line to make a distinction between home and work. This phone should also be capable of conference calls, messaging and other valuable business functions. Always remember to insure any equipment that you have in this space, you will find that many insurers provide special coverage for those who work from home.
Health & Safety
Working from your own property means that it is down to you to ensure that you are abiding by health and safety legislation and working safely. Enquire with your employer about getting a risk assessment of your space and take measures to reduce or eliminate risk. Home workers are usually carrying out low-risk office work, but they should still think about what to do in case of fire and take measures to improve their health and safety while working from home. It includes cable management to reduce trip hazards, regularly emptying the trash and using ergonomic furniture and equipment.
People like to decorate their offices with personal touches, and it should be no different if the workstation is at your house. These touches can help you to feel relaxed and happy while working, which is vital if you are to remain content with your job. Photos of loved ones, artwork, a clock and desk toys are all good examples. Additionally, plant life is proven to be beneficial in the workplace, and you should also select a color scheme that you enjoy so that you can relax and feel comfortable in the room.
One of the major drawbacks of working from your home is that it is very easy to become distracted. It is for this reason why you should avoid having anything in the office which could stop you from concentrating, such as a television. Additionally, you should inform those that you are living with not to distract you while you are in your office - this is particularly important if you are on the phone, in a video conference or meeting.
Commercial Real Estate
If you are setting up your own small business, you may need to use commercial real estate as your house may not allow you to carry out daily operations. It is particularly true if you use a lot of equipment or have multiple members of staff. Many small business owners like to use a home office and find commercial property for lease so that they can both operate from home and in the office. This commercial real estate could also be a retail building, warehouse, industrial building or any other type of property used for commercial purposes.
There are multiple advantages to working from home as it can be cheaper, easier and more flexible than commuting into the office each day, but it can be challenging to design a suitable workspace that will allow you to carry out your job efficiently. It needs to be a highly professional space that is completely separate (psychically and mentally) from the rest of the house. After all, it is all too easy to believe that you can be productive while watching television, but this will lead to mistakes and will blur the line between personal and professional. Keeping the above in mind while designing an office space should allow you to create an area where you can be productive when it is time to work and also does not interfere with your home life.