Home offices are becoming increasingly popular. The national lockdown in 2020 has led to a huge emphasis on remote working, and it’s left many workers scrambling for a suitable home office.
If you own a business, you might be able to run it from your home. Even if you have employees, they can work remotely and you can communicate using video conferencing platforms or instant chat. However, the success and productivity of your work depend in part on the quality of your home office.
Technically, you can run a business from your laptop on a sofa. However, this isn’t the most productive setup. You will likely develop back problems and quickly get uncomfortable. You’re also more prone to distraction, especially if other family members are running around in the front room with you.
So, the first port of call is to get the proper equipment. As well as your laptop, you will need at least a desk and an appropriate desk chair. Find an ergonomic chair that supports your back, especially if you will be sitting for hours on end.
As well as your laptop, you will want more electronic devices and equipment. A mouse will help you to be far more efficient, as will a proper keyboard. You should also consider an extra monitor or two. The monitors should be at eye level, so you aren’t constantly looking down.
If your business involves a lot of video conferencing, either with your clients or your employees, then you should have the appropriate equipment. A high-quality camera and microphone will present a more professional image to clients and will help you to communicate clearly with employees and colleagues.
The Room itself
All of this equipment may fit in your living room or kitchen, but it’d be far better in a dedicated office room. If your workspace is in a public area of your home, then you could get distracted by family members, pets, or even chores that you can’t help but notice.
While a lesser-used room, such as a bedroom, is better, there are still issues. You associate your bedroom with sleep, but when your desk is there, it can be confusing. This creates issues with both your sleep and your productivity.
Your room should be decorated with productivity in mind. Many people like to paint their offices cool and pastel colours, like teal, gray, or off-white. Potted plants and wall art also add a nice touch, so you’re comfortable in the office.
As well as the decoration and layout of your office, consider using acoustic wall panels to prevent noise from entering or leaving your room. This prevents distractions from the rest of the family.
An organised office helps an organised mind. If you can keep your home office more organised, then it’ll help you to work efficiently. Time is money in business, so efficiency does wonders. Keep your office clean and tidy, and keep what decorations you have to a minimum. You should also store your stationary and your work where it’s easy to access.