Setting up a home office is not only a great way to save costs on business overheads, but you can also cut back on the time spent travelling to and from a workplace. A survey by Direct Line for Business last year revealed that eight million people in the UK are operating as an online business from home. This covers a wide range of business models, ranging from tech startups to someone selling hand-made jewellery and crafts on Etsy. Below, we’ve outlined some top tips to think about when setting up a home office.
Make sure you separate the personal from the professional
If you’re working whilst lying in bed, how productive do you realistically feel? The honest answer is probably not at all. By creating a separate office environment, you’ll retain the professional feelings you’d get in a more traditional workspace.
It also goes without saying that distractions from family members, pets, and televisions can hamper your productivity. Have you ever had to Skype your boss and your dog barks at a delivery person or your children interrupt you? It’s embarrassing, and it hinders productivity. For these reasons, if you work from home, a private office is a necessity.
Create an inviting and comfortable environment
It is important to have a really comfortable yet professional set up as you will be spending more hours in your home office than you think!
Before you hire an interior designer to make design decisions for you, think about your personal style. Do you like classic and corporate styles, or modern shabby chic? Do personal keepsakes such a photographs make you motivated and happy? These individual touches will make you more comfortable in your space, which boosts productivity.
Let there be light
Having the right lighting for your home work space is crucial for both your productivity and your health, so it goes without saying that you need to make sure you have enough natural light coming in to your home office.
Add some greenery
From improving focus to noise control, there are many reasons why bringing in a little plant life to your home office is beneficial. But before you go and rush out to buy for some plants for your office, remember that they do need some love and care. It is best to do some research and buy ones that are low-maintenance.
Make sure home working is right for you
At the end of the day, home working requires a strong will and large amounts of discipline. Despite the allure of not having to work in an office from 9am to 5pm, home working will not suit everyone, before you embark upon working from home, make sure you have properly planned and prepared how your time will be managed, with realistic goals and deadlines.
With these helpful tips you’ll be able to carve out a space that works for you!