More and more people are choosing to work from home and create a functional home office space. Whether you’re keen to beat the commute, start your own business venture or a tired of working in a busy office, working from home can be hugely exciting and rewarding.
Here are some practical issues to consider when you’re setting up an office space from the comfort of your own home.
The first thing on your long list of tasks to do should be to create a space conducive to productivity. Sitting at the kitchen table may be easy, but it’s not ideal for your back and you may find the fridge and the kettle too much of a distraction.
Nor should you consider the living room a good place to set up your office. In order to work successfully from home and get the most out of your time you need to set aside a space that is just for work, where you can close the door, physically and mentally.
Look around your home and consider areas where there is less noise and fewer distractions. You’ll need plenty of plug sockets and good lighting. A dedicated corner of a spare bedroom is a possibility for those who are space-poor but a whole room that you can turn into an office is an even better option if you have a bigger house.
Workspace is the next big consideration. A large desk unit with drawers can minimise the amount of space you need, especially if it comes with drawers large enough for files so that you don’t need a separate filing cabinet.
Larger spaces can be fitted with a U-shaped workspace, giving you three worktops all within reach and if your space is slightly smaller or in a corner L-shaped workspaces work well. Have a quick look online and you’ll find a range of home office furniture that is both practical and affordable, with plenty of options to make your workspace more productive.
Remember that when you’re just starting off you don’t need to spend a huge amount of money, but at the same time it’s worth spending as much as you can afford it order to get furniture that is comfortable to work at and will last you a few years. And whatever you do, don’t skimp on your office chair.
You’ll be spending a minimum of 8 hours a day sitting in it and probably a lot more as you get your business off the ground so it’s essential that you get a chair that offers plenty of ergonomic support for your neck and back.
Best of luck with working from home!
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