Let’s Get To Work: Creating The Perfect Home Office Space

The perfect workspace comes in many shapes and sizes. Whether you’re using virtual office space, a shared environment, or working from the comfort of your favorite cafe, entrepreneurs today have plenty of options that allow them to grow their business before investing in expensive office space. Today, we’ll focus on creating the perfect home office for those who may find this the most efficient way to get their fledgling business off the ground or build gig work to supplement their existing wages. If you’re working from home and trying to create a peaceful, productive sanctuary to kick back and work on your professional goals and objectives, you’ve come to the right place.

perfect home officeIn this blog article, we will explore a few of the main aspects to consider when creating your perfect home office space. Ready? Let’s dive right in!

Creating the perfect home office space

Working from home became the norm for some folks during the pandemic. And, if you already set aside a workspace for your office, transitioning to a home office for your venture might seem like a natural extension of that “work from home” mentality.

Creating the perfect home office space can be extremely challenging and daunting if you’ve never done it before. Not all businesses are appropriate for the home. Check your local ordinances to see if there are any restrictions on setting up a home office before investing time and money in creating the perfect home office. That said, most areas allow a home office if it doesn’t involve seeing clients and is contained within the home. The exception might be for businesses that involve any disturbance to neighbors, like ones that create noise. Businesses like the podcaster shown above, medical transcription, or consulting might work well as a home-based business, especially if you see clients in their offices or can use a local cafe as a place to see clients.

Finding the right space

Think about the kind of business you plan to run and the needs salient for that business. The location you choose probably requires a peaceful environment where you can be productive and efficient. For instance, setting up on the dining room table might work if you live alone, but if you have to clear everything away once the rest of the family gets home (for instance, the guy in the image below), it’s a recipe for disaster. Inevitably, things are misplaced when you clear out for dinner or when someone grabs something you need and destroys it. It’s also important to remember that you will spend most of your day in this space, so you might consider natural lighting or at least a well-lit area to work.

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Image courtesy of Economic Times

Next, ensure your workspace is fully operational and functional with everything you need to get your work done. It’s very annoying and not very productive if you must constantly search for something you need to get a routine job done. Your work is more productive and less stressful when you don’t have to run around to find the proper plug points or look for a pen. Instead, you should have everything you need nearby. Putting your work tools away at the end of the day or after you finish using them ensures you know right where to go the next time you need something.

For instance, I have a drawer where I keep stamps, envelopes, etc, even though I rarely mail anything anymore. Another drawer contains extra pens, tape, and scissors. There are filing drawers for client projects with space for those in progress and those completed, and each file is clearly labeled. All my recording equipment is all together in one place. Equally important, all my electronic stuff is organized in files in the cloud.

The perfect home office is functional and user-friendly

The whole point of what you’re trying to achieve is to create a space where you can be productive and get into the tasks, projects, and work you have going on. This means you must ensure you have everything you need to do your job.

Here are some elements to consider as you put your office together:

  • a computer and printer
  • a desk and office chair that’s comfortable to work with
  • filing cabinet

With most people working from home during the pandemic, you likely already ensured you had a solid, reliable internet connection, but you might consider upgrading to a higher upload/ download speed to make yourself more productive. Since smartphones have replaced a phone line in most homes, you must decide whether to add a phone line to your office. I find my smartphone works just fine, but I don’t have others competing for WIFI.

You don’t need to invest a lot of money in these tools. Secondhand works just fine until you can afford something more elaborate. You might also want a few other tools, such as a screen for entertainment/ news, a sound system, a bookcase, a coffeemaker, a minifridge, or other elements for creature comforts.

Location is key in creating the perfect area

Choose an area that is quiet, secluded, and away from most of the activity and noise in your home. This can be in the attic, spare room, or corner of your living room where there’s little foot traffic. When you decide on a spot, you need to think about placing your objects, furniture, and items in the area you choose; you’ll need to figure out who else uses this space so that you can be respectful of your family members or friends who also utilize the area.

It’s also highly essential that you have sufficient lighting in the space as you might work well into the night and need additional light to see your laptop or desk without generating more eyestrain.

Make sure that the space aligns with your personality

Next, you must ensure that your space adequately aligns with your unique personality, style, and aesthetics. After all, you’ll spend a lot of time in this space. Personalized items significantly enhance the workspace and add your personality to the room. This could be your favorite type of indoor plant, photos of your family members and friends, or even art from your favorite artist. It’s also important to select colors, textures, and styles that resonate with you – this allows you to ease into the area and not feel isolated in the office. If you’re into Fung Shui or some other style, you want to consider this when placing objects in your office.

Next up is comfort … You want an office that’s comfortable and cozy for you and anyone else who inhabits your space. For instance, I keep a dog bed in my office for my dog, who often visits me while I work. Try incorporating big couches for client meetings (if your zoning allows for that), throw pillows, and even a chair where you can relax, breathe, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

By incorporating these essential aspects, you can create an area you love and appreciate, which will increase your productivity and efficiency.

Final thoughts: here’s what you need to know

In conclusion, creating this unique space will not be easy, but it’s worth it. It’s essential to ensure that the room aligns with your style and needs, that you have everything you need in the space, and that you select the perfect area. With creative thinking, a set of hands helping you set up, and determination, you can build your dream office space in no time!

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