Working from home is a reality for many people and a necessity as much as it is a perk. Many companies today do not require their employees to come in every day, if at all. There are also a number of professionals who have some entrepreneurial pursuits they are working on outside of their normal jobs – like an online craft business.
Whatever the reason for working from home, everyone who does so has a common need – useful space. Make your workspace shine with these useful tips:
Pick the Right Spot
The first thing to consider is where you will put your home office. This is a big one. You could aim for the window with the best view, but there are some practical considerations first. Will you be meeting clients at home? If so, a dedicated room or at least proximity to an exterior door should be a priority. You also need to think about the type of home office you will find most productive. According to Entrepreneur, most people convert the dining room into an office space, but it isn’t your only option. Adding a desk in your kitchen or in a spare corner is also an option. Just be sure to check the noise level and the strength of your Wi-Fi!
You will also want to take steps to make sure that your home office is visually separate from the rest of your home and include items you would typically find in an office. The reason for this is twofold. According to TurboTax, the IRS requires that a home office space is clearly separate from personal spaces if you are going to take a home office deduction. However, the other reason is pretty good too – having a different look from the rest of your home may make it easier to get into work-mode.
Choose a Good Desk
Picking the right desk for your home office can be a challenge. Start by deciding whether you will have a desktop computer or if you just need a dedicated space to pull out your laptop when you start your day. Also, consider your storage needs. For instance, you might also consider getting a large wooden desk with drawers if you need the storage or you receive clients at home – wood desks tend to impress people and the extra storage can be handy. However, if you work from a laptop and run a paperless home office, a simple vanity table might be enough.
Find a Supportive Chair
Don’t cut corners on comfort. You are going to be sitting in this chair for hours, so make sure you get a good one. A wooden kitchen chair simply will not do. Try to choose an ergonomic design that sits at the right height for the desk you selected. While most office chairs are adjustable in height, many are not or are limited by how much. Check the seat to floor height and seat padding as well.
Invest in Storage
Finally, make sure you invest in storage. Even if you keep a paperless office, you will need places to file receipts and contracts as well as books, office supplies, mail, sticky notes, calendars and so on. After all, you aren’t going to be very productive if your desk is a cluttered mess. Floating shelves or a bookcase can really help tame the mess and keep your home office organized.