Do you want to be self-employed from home, are you a government or corporate employee, or do you have the opportunity to work from home? There are many benefits to working from home, including having more family time and not having to spend money on renting office space. You may be one of the many people who have embraced the idea of becoming an online entrepreneur. Yes, it’s time to set up a home office so you can work from home with minimal noise and disruption.
Finding a home office room will depend on the type of work you want to do. If you need to make phone calls during the day (on your own time), why not set up a computer desk with file storage in your normally quiet living room or dining room. If you need more space to work, such as about packing and shipping things you sell on eBay, you’ll feel more comfortable in your office or basement. Working at night and your family watching TV in the living room? Place a desk in your bedroom so you can work in peace.
Once you’ve decided on the best surface, consider placing a wall shelf on the flat side of your desk to provide more space. Also, consider a laptop or one of the new “mini-computers” with slim tablets. Putting your home phone on the wall or using your computer to make phone calls will give you more space and eliminate the need for a phone on your desk.
Be sure to plan for your home office. The right office equipment and furniture can save you time, effort and money, not to mention back and wrist pain. According to a recent survey, nearly 75 percent of home office owners don’t have a dedicated space with the right office furniture.
Computer desks, office chairs, storage space and lighting are the most important decisions to make.
Computer desks are the foundation of a home office. Today’s new computer desks come with many space-saving features and ample built-in storage to transform a small room in your home or apartment into a comfortable, productive office space. Corner computer desks can be easily placed in most rooms. The type of desk you choose depends on the type of work you do. If you need to work on paper, the right desk will give you enough room for your computer and keyboard, as well as a flat enough surface to work on paper. If you want to add a flat surface, consider adding wings or curves to your desk. If you work a lot with books, folders and heavy textbooks, you may want to choose a computer desk with shelves and enclosed cabinet space for easy access to printed materials and office supplies without losing valuable flat surface.
The right office chair does more than just sit at your computer. It also protects your back, neck, and shoulders and places them at a reasonable height from your keyboard and monitor to prevent wristband syndrome. When clients come to your home, make sure you have a comfortable seat.
Where do you keep your documents, office supplies, and/or product inventory? Storage is important if you want to keep your work surface clean and organized. From desk file drawers to filing cabinets, bookshelves, shelves, cabinets, and storage, we have a wide variety to choose from. And it’s much easier to think about when you don’t have to pull a box out of your computer before you sit down to work. (You may want to consider going paperless and paying your bills on your computer.)
Consider appropriate lighting, both day and night. Don’t put your desk in a position where you can’t see sunlight falling directly on your computer screen! Also, place a good, bright light on or near your desk to avoid too many distractions.
To make your home office look professional, be creative. Paint the walls a calming color, decorate with graphics and framed photos, and add a little green in sunny areas with potted plants and brightly colored flowers. With a little effort, you’ll be rewarded with a better image when clients enter your home office. Having the right materials for your home office means you’ll be happier and more productive there.