A home office is something you may have to work on a side hustle or for general use for the household. If you are running a full-time business, however, you want to make sure that the space you are in is comfortable, has everything you need but also is the perfect environment for you to get all your work done. Here are some tips on creating an office at home for your business.
Make Use of Natural Light
Natural light can make a huge difference in how we feel, and it’s great for lifting our mood. This is something you want constantly in a working environment because it encourages work productivity. If natural light isn’t something you get much of in your office, then you can always look at investing in some artificial lighting that mimics natural light and is just as effective as the real thing. If you get plenty of natural light, ensure your blinds or curtains are not obstructing it from getting in.
Remove anything bulky that might be blocking it and try to position your office desk just slightly out of the light so that it’s not directly hitting your work station. You may also want to buy a nice desk lamp that has a warm light for the evenings.
Choose a Desk with Plenty of Workspace
The desk is critical to ensure that you’ve got enough workspace to work with. Think about using reclaimed wood tables for something unique and rustic or go modern with an industrial metal desk. Find something that has shelves or cupboards to give yourself more storage space and a monitor stand to elevate your desktop or computer. These are also great for keeping your head at the right level so that it straightens the spine and improves posture. More surface space means more room for your paperwork, a good-sized keyboard, and mouse.
Keep the Windows Open
If you’re working from home, it’s likely that you won't be able to get outside as often as you would like. Therefore, it’s good to keep the room ventilated throughout the day. As the season changes and the hot weather comes in, this can be extremely important as you’ll find working in a warm space very distracting and difficult. Keep the windows open as often as you can so that you’re still getting plenty of fresh air. If you’re wary of bugs getting in, there is netting that you can buy to cover the opening of the window. Smaller bugs may still get in, but at least you’re keeping out the bigger bugs like wasps and flies.
Get the Right Storage
Your workspace needs to be organized and tidy so that you can keep a clear mind throughout your working day. So in order to do this, you want to get the right storage for your desk. Think of purchasing some floating shelves to go above your desk for filing and for perhaps housing some indoor plants to give the room a cleaner atmosphere. If there’s very little floor space, then always look at putting storage options on the wall. Desk storage is also handy for having any invoices and paperwork that you need to hand. A pen pot to keep all your stationery in order is also recommended. A notice board is also great for keeping a calendar and various notes on show.
Have a Clock on the Wall
To keep distractions to a minimum, it might be handy having a clock displayed on the wall so that you can keep time. Of course, there’s the luxury now of having our mobile phones and the time displayed on our laptop or desktop. However, it’s good to have a physical clock on the wall because if you’re checking the time on your phone, there’s the potential to get distracted by messages or notifications. It’s also a good way of keeping time if you’re giving yourself deadlines throughout the day.
Invest in Your Computer Chair
Your physical health is very important and it can be very easy to neglect your posture when you are working in a chair all day. It’s good to take regular breaks to stretch your body and to give your eyes a rest from the screen. It’s recommended that you take a five or ten-minute break every hour. You may want to use this time to make yourself a drink or a snack. The computer chair that you sit in should also be the best to help keep your body’s posture in check. This might be worth investing a bit more money in as it’s got to be something you feel comfortable in for several hours a day. Ensure it has armrests, a good back and neck support. Adjustable for both height and position is also a handy feature to have.
Keep it Separate to Your Home
A home office can easily become part of your overall home, especially if you use that space for other purposes, like a dressing room or if the desk sits in your dining room or living room. In order to help keep that line between home and business separate, keep your desk in a room solely used as an office space. If it’s in your living space, then there’s every risk that you’ll end up hating that space because it reminds you of work.
Having an office in the home can be challenging, especially as you’re already trying to run a business from home. So use these tips to create a professional space that will encourage you to get work done. Make sure you let the natural light in and have a desk lamp to improve visibility in the evening. Get the right amount of desk space and invest in a good computer chair to help with your posture. Storage is key and keep the room well ventilated to ensure plenty of fresh air is getting in. And remember to have your home office separate to the rest of the property so that you only associate that room as a place to work.