You did it, you took the plunge and decided to work from home. After the initial joy of answering emails and phone calls in your pajamas wears off you are going to need to consider your working environment seriously. Too many people think that they can effectively handle phone calls from the kitchen table. Or work well into the night cuddled up in front of the television. Nothing could be further from the truth. You will need to design a home office space that is effective and efficient. That allows you to handle your workload and stay organized so work doesn’t overtake every aspect of your home life.
A Well Designed Home Office Can Lead to Productivity
A well designed home office will allow you to be organized, productive and more professional. Some things that need to be considered are furniture, organization, lighting and ventilation. You need to equip your office to suit your needs and this starts with a standard desk. Your desk does not need to be fancy; you can usually get away with a very simple table. Storage is important for the home office. A quality file cabinet and a good organizing system are a must. If you have a lot of books, a shelving system will go a long way to avoid headache and increase organization.
The Importance of Lighting
High quality lighting is also essential to your home office. You will need to install a better overhead light. Residential lights will not put out the quality of light that is needed for an office. Adequate lighting is essential for a comfortable working environment. Ventilation is also important, as you will
need to work in a comfortable environment. Some lighting generates more heat than others especially if your space gets hot in the summer months, consider investing in air conditioning or a fan.
Just like you would in an office building, put up a few pieces of artwork or some prints to personalize your space. Bring in some house plants and fresh flowers to create an environment that is not only functional, but enjoyable to be in as well. If you entertain clients in your office, you will want a separate entrance. It is not very professional to have clients walk through your kitchen or children’s play area to get to your office. Thus home offices should always be built in rooms with exterior walls. Even if you do not host clients in your office, strongly consider the benefits of having this separate access for your office.
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