Setting up your own business is a big and brave decision to make so when it comes to setting up your home office you want to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Your home office is an important space as it will directly affect the running of your business. It is important that you have all the necessary facilities to work well and work efficiently. Working from home can be making it tricky to get a good work/ life balance. You don’t want to end up working all hours of the day. If possible it is good to have a designated office space so that once you leave the office you are able to “switch off” and relax.
It is also important that you feel comfortable in your office space so that you can focus on your business activities. For this you need to make sure you have a big enough desk to work at and a comfortable chair. You should also make sure you have lots of storage space to store important documents and resources neatly. Make use of wall space as well, by hanging up a calendar, other important documents for quick reference, or put up more shelves.
It is advisable to set up your home office away from busy areas in your house like the kitchen or living room so that it is easier to work without distraction. You should make sure you get enough light in your office from a window or even extra lamps. A window will also help keep your office well ventilated; when you work all day in the same room it can get stuffy!
It is obviously important to make sure you have all the necessary technology and hardware to run your business. You will need a high quality computer or even a laptop if you expect to be working on the go. Think about choosing a special business phone line to suit your business needs.
As well as the hardware, think about software and other tools you will need to run your business. This includes desktop applications and special applications your small business may need, for example, photo editing software. Think about software which will help the administrative side of your business. Using bookkeeping software will help you to keep track of your earnings and help you spend less time organising your business accounts.
Although we have discussed the importance of keeping your business space separate and well organised, the main advantage of working from home is the flexibility it brings. So you can take the dog for walks at any time and on a sunny day you can even work from your garden!
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