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Work From Home: How To Set Up Your Home Office

They say if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. So, perhaps if you do have the opportunity to work from home, you may find it’s very close to that. Working in the comfort of your own home provides you with benefits not found in any other space. So without further ado, let us share some of our tips for how you can set up your home office.

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1. Dedicated Space

The first order of business is to dedicate a space which will become your home office. The room doesn’t necessarily be the largest room in the house, unless that’s what you want. Opting for the guest bedroom will work. The main thing to remember is you need somewhere separate from other rooms or potential noise pollution. If possible, it’s best to use the guest room or somewhere at the back of the house away from distractions. If this isn’t possible, you may find you’ll need to base your office in a segregated part of another room. With this in mind, try to still eliminate the amount of distractions to your work. Let family members know that this is your area of business and that you require time to work.

2. Make a List of Essentials

Once your office space is allocated, you’ll want to make a list of the essentials. This ranges from the computer, printer and telephone to the pens, paper and lamps. What you need specifically all depends what you will be doing within the office space. What does your work require? You can always draw inspiration from looking at other home offices on Pinterest by other people who work from home. However, do keep in mind that some Pinterest examples can be impractical due to the fact that a lot of the pictures are taken for aesthetically pleasing reasons. Or perhaps some of them are simply just too small for what your business may need.

3. Workspace vs Storage

Depending on which room you’re converting into your home office, you may find it tempting to “temporarily” store things there so they’re out of the way. Resist. Your office is now a place of business and any unnecessary items in it will become distractions or at the very least will just lead to an untidy work space. If you do require some storage within your office, make it in the form of filing cabinets or dedicated closets. The floor space and worktops should remain clear so they are functional and to avoid trips and falls. Your desk may need some pigeon hole storage to keep you organised. When avoiding cluttering up your office, you could consider moving unneeded items or furniture to other places around the house. Perhaps they will serve a purpose in the living room or bedroom. Read our article about tips on decluttering here.

4. Lighting

Firstly, utilise whatever natural lighting that you can. The trick is to align your work space in the north or south directions to avoid any shadows cast throughout the day. When it comes to artificial light, you may think you have enough with a lamp and the light bulb that’s already there. Nevertheless, you may need to invest in some more than ample lighting solutions such as LED strips or lamps with dimmer options. Consider how you will balance lighting throughout the room to avoid any eyestrain. Lighting is a bit of an art but you will soon realise where you may be going wrong if you haven’t quite got the perfect lighting. You may think you’ll need to rearrange your setup but don’t fret! It may be as simple as leveling out the light distribution, height or direction specifically.

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5. Dedicated Phone Line

Having a dedicated phone line is highly recommended. The last thing you want is one of the kids answering your business line. Or to confuse your clients by having your home voice mail message greet them when they call – this can come across as less professional. At all costs, you will want to separate your personal life from your business life. You could opt for having a mobile phone as your dedicated phone line or even a VoIP which is an internet based phone.

6. Office Equipment & Supplies

So, you’ve already got your essentials such as your computer, printer etc. But what about the performance of your computer? Invest in the fastest and most efficient memory you can for your computer. You may require one or two external hard drives depending on your work load so you can back up and access files at a later date. With the majority of our work being digital these days, you may want to make sure you have a number of externals at your disposal. Other great investments are a good desk with plenty of work space and a comfortable chair.

7. Office Design

Thankfully, you will work from home and not in someone else’s work space. So you can choose to design this area to your own specifications. Do you have a particular design you’ve seen that you like? Perhaps someone else’s design will inspire you and give you ideas of how you want your work space to look. Try to avoid any colours that are too bright or that clash. Our suggestion is opting for a neutral, cool theme which will give a serene feeling. That’s just our personal preference however, less is more. Another point to keep in mind when designing your home office is conference calls; will you be on video calls to potential clients? If so, try to bear this in mind to avoid the office looking more like a bedroom.

8. Professional vs Personal

This is similar to having a dedicated phone line. In that same respect, you should opt for things such as a business bank account to isolate any incomings and outgoings. It will help you stay organised, especially when it comes to your invoices. Try to restrict all paper copies of documents to an isolated area of your office with organisers and/or filing cabinets. Treat your office space as a place of business so you don’t crowd it with personal affects. Of course your home office should have a personal twist to it, that’s one of the perks. But when you work from home, you will still want to feel as though you are in an office environment to help to motivate you throughout the work hours.

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9. Office Hours

Here is where it is up to you – assign your work hours. Since everybody’s life is different, you may have commitments that will sometimes infringe on your work hours. Another perk when you work from home is that you don’t have a boss tying you to the desk. So the flexibility is great. However, you will still need to be strong-minded and dedicated to your business. After all, this is your business and you are the only employee that can make the business run. If you don’t show up, no-one else will. As fore-mentioned, you can balance your personal life around your office hours. Not only this but your clients will know when you will be available to contact when you advertise your office hours. It gives you and your business structure.

10. Time Keeping

Having an office at home can be great but it can also be easy for us to slip into a lethargic state. Home is where we relax from work, after all. So be wary of this and try to stay motivated. Utilise time management tips and tricks such as creating organised systems of how you work or by doing other tasks whilst waiting. On the flip side of this, try not to juggle too many tasks at once and always see a task through. Get your early starts in, put in the work and stick to your schedule. It’s also easy for us to just eat our lunch at our desk or to sometimes skip lunch altogether! Trust us when we say, break for lunch. Step away from the desk, refresh your mind for 30 minutes or an hour and you will find you’re more motivated to work. Another time keeping reminder we’d like to address is overworking. When you work from home, you can easily let the clock spin and put in a 14 hour day. But you need time away from the desk too, so make sure you finish work on time.

11. Cable Management

Purely an aesthetic option but you’d be surprised by how much cable management can help when it comes to freeing up the mind. Use cable ties and cable labels to organise and store your cables out of the way. An office can look extremely messy when your desk is clogged up with wires, extension leads and cables.

Conclusion

So, there are some of our best tips for how to set up your office when you work from home. The trick to a successful office setup is organisation – you can never be too organised. If you follow these tips, you’re almost guaranteed not to fail. We wish you the best of luck with your business endeavours!

Find out more about our storage services here.

We hope our tips here helped you. If you’re hungry for more, we have plenty other articles on European Storage. Read our article on Selling & Storing your goods by clicking here.
you’ll never work a day in your life. So, perhaps if you do have the opportunity to work from home, you may find it’s very close to that. Working in the comfort of your own home provides you with benefits not found in any other space. So without further ado, let us share some of our tips for how you can set up your home office.

work from home

1. Dedicated Space

The first order of business is to dedicate a space which will become your home office. The room doesn’t necessarily be the largest room in the house, unless that’s what you want. Opting for the guest bedroom will work. The main thing to remember is you need somewhere separate from other rooms or potential noise pollution. If possible, it’s best to use the guest room or somewhere at the back of the house away from distractions. If this isn’t possible, you may find you’ll need to base your office in a segregated part of another room. With this in mind, try to still eliminate the amount of distractions to your work. Let family members know that this is your area of business and that you require time to work.

2. Make a List of Essentials

Once your office space is allocated, you’ll want to make a list of the essentials. This ranges from the computer, printer and telephone to the pens, paper and lamps. What you need specifically all depends what you will be doing within the office space. What does your work require? You can always draw inspiration from looking at other home offices on Pinterest by other people who work from home. However, do keep in mind that some Pinterest examples can be impractical due to the fact that a lot of the pictures are taken for aesthetically pleasing reasons. Or perhaps some of them are simply just too small for what your business may need.

3. Workspace vs Storage

Depending on which room you’re converting into your home office, you may find it tempting to “temporarily” store things there so they’re out of the way. Resist. Your office is now a place of business and any unnecessary items in it will become distractions or at the very least will just lead to an untidy work space. If you do require some storage within your office, make it in the form of filing cabinets or dedicated closets. The floor space and worktops should remain clear so they are functional and to avoid trips and falls. Your desk may need some pigeon hole storage to keep you organised. When avoiding cluttering up your office, you could consider moving unneeded items or furniture to other places around the house. Perhaps they will serve a purpose in the living room or bedroom. Read our article about tips on decluttering here.

4. Lighting

Firstly, utilise whatever natural lighting that you can. The trick is to align your work space in the north or south directions to avoid any shadows cast throughout the day. When it comes to artificial light, you may think you have enough with a lamp and the light bulb that’s already there. Nevertheless, you may need to invest in some more than ample lighting solutions such as LED strips or lamps with dimmer options. Consider how you will balance lighting throughout the room to avoid any eyestrain. Lighting is a bit of an art but you will soon realise where you may be going wrong if you haven’t quite got the perfect lighting. You may think you’ll need to rearrange your setup but don’t fret! It may be as simple as leveling out the light distribution, height or direction specifically.

work from home

5. Dedicated Phone Line

Having a dedicated phone line is highly recommended. The last thing you want is one of the kids answering your business line. Or to confuse your clients by having your home voice mail message greet them when they call – this can come across as less professional. At all costs, you will want to separate your personal life from your business life. You could opt for having a mobile phone as your dedicated phone line or even a VoIP which is an internet based phone.

6. Office Equipment & Supplies

So, you’ve already got your essentials such as your computer, printer etc. But what about the performance of your computer? Invest in the fastest and most efficient memory you can for your computer. You may require one or two external hard drives depending on your work load so you can back up and access files at a later date. With the majority of our work being digital these days, you may want to make sure you have a number of externals at your disposal. Other great investments are a good desk with plenty of work space and a comfortable chair.

7. Office Design

Thankfully, you will work from home and not in someone else’s work space. So you can choose to design this area to your own specifications. Do you have a particular design you’ve seen that you like? Perhaps someone else’s design will inspire you and give you ideas of how you want your work space to look. Try to avoid any colours that are too bright or that clash. Our suggestion is opting for a neutral, cool theme which will give a serene feeling. That’s just our personal preference however, less is more. Another point to keep in mind when designing your home office is conference calls; will you be on video calls to potential clients? If so, try to bear this in mind to avoid the office looking more like a bedroom.

8. Professional vs Personal

This is similar to having a dedicated phone line. In that same respect, you should opt for things such as a business bank account to isolate any incomings and outgoings. It will help you stay organised, especially when it comes to your invoices. Try to restrict all paper copies of documents to an isolated area of your office with organisers and/or filing cabinets. Treat your office space as a place of business so you don’t crowd it with personal affects. Of course your home office should have a personal twist to it, that’s one of the perks. But when you work from home, you will still want to feel as though you are in an office environment to help to motivate you throughout the work hours.

work from home

9. Office Hours

Here is where it is up to you – assign your work hours. Since everybody’s life is different, you may have commitments that will sometimes infringe on your work hours. Another perk when you work from home is that you don’t have a boss tying you to the desk. So the flexibility is great. However, you will still need to be strong-minded and dedicated to your business. After all, this is your business and you are the only employee that can make the business run. If you don’t show up, no-one else will. As fore-mentioned, you can balance your personal life around your office hours. Not only this but your clients will know when you will be available to contact when you advertise your office hours. It gives you and your business structure.

10. Time Keeping

Having an office at home can be great but it can also be easy for us to slip into a lethargic state. Home is where we relax from work, after all. So be wary of this and try to stay motivated. Utilise time management tips and tricks such as creating organised systems of how you work or by doing other tasks whilst waiting. On the flip side of this, try not to juggle too many tasks at once and always see a task through. Get your early starts in, put in the work and stick to your schedule. It’s also easy for us to just eat our lunch at our desk or to sometimes skip lunch altogether! Trust us when we say, break for lunch. Step away from the desk, refresh your mind for 30 minutes or an hour and you will find you’re more motivated to work. Another time keeping reminder we’d like to address is overworking. When you work from home, you can easily let the clock spin and put in a 14 hour day. But you need time away from the desk too, so make sure you finish work on time.

11. Cable Management

Purely an aesthetic option but you’d be surprised by how much cable management can help when it comes to freeing up the mind. Use cable ties and cable labels to organise and store your cables out of the way. An office can look extremely messy when your desk is clogged up with wires, extension leads and cables.

Conclusion

So, there are some of our best tips for how to set up your office when you work from home. The trick to a successful office setup is organisation – you can never be too organised. If you follow these tips, you’re almost guaranteed not to fail. We wish you the best of luck with your business endeavours!

Find out more about our storage services here.

We hope our tips here helped you. If you’re hungry for more, we have plenty other articles on European Storage. Read our article on Selling & Storing your goods by clicking here.