With advances in today’s modern economy, working from home is becoming increasingly prevalent. It’s a seemingly win-win situation as the company you are working for is spending less on providing you with an on-site office space which allows them to pay more to their employees enjoying the comfort of working from home. One downside of a home-based job however can be lower levels of productivity, specifically resulting from the lack of a proper home office space. If you or your employees believe this to be the case, here are some tips and tricks for designing a home based office for maximum efficiency.
Start with the basics. Does your home contain a proper space for an office? If you are working from your kitchen table or living room couch your productivity will suffer. What’s needed is a proper space to set up a desk and furniture to obtain the feel of a real office. Natural lighting is said to be a leading determinant of increased productivity as opposed to dim, artificial light. Roofers and contractors alike can be consulted for window installation amongst other things in your efforts to create the perfect home-based office.
Prioritize Organization. This seems obvious, but goes alarmingly unconsidered by many both at home and in an actual location based office. Keeping your paperwork, emails, schedule, clients, projects, etc. organized is vital to ensuring objectives are completed and severe issues do not arise. Not only will employer respect your level of professionalism in keeping your tasks correctly organized, but clients may potentially recognize the ease with which it is to do business with you because of your ability to quickly reference past discussions, invoices, and other correspondences. This in turn will lead to good reviews, which can reach back to your manager. Trust me when I say this is never a bad thing, having clients speak well of you to those higher up will only bode well for your future employment opportunities
Don’t forget this is YOUR home! One major advantage to creating a home based office is your ability to have fun with it, personalizing it to your liking. Remember that “Life’s a Beach” coffee mug that your old manager made you put away because it was too “racy” for the office? Sport your unique style as much as you want, so long as it doesn’t become a distraction. While work is hardly ever considered fun, allowing yourself the flexibility to personalize your workspace makes it feel less dull and increases your productivity.
Keep these tips in mind if you are venturing into the growing field of work from home jobs. While it certainly can be a big change for some, giving yourself the chance to create the perfect home office will make the transition easier. Aside from the increased productivity toward your job resulting from a well designed office, you may find yourself working towards other personal goals in your free time. Remember that online course you wanted to take to learn more about a certain subject? Now you have the optimal space to take it. Thinking of starting your business? The vast majority of entrepreneurs start by working out of their homes. Some even end up running their business for years without ever moving to a commercial space. Do your research and consult with others you know who work from home. Combine their advice with the tips provided here and you will be hitting the ground running in no time!