Thinking of launching a home business? Looking to create the perfect home office space in your back bedroom and need some advice?
Here are 7 home office startup essentials, designed to help you create a productive, functional and stylish space so you can turn your dreams of working from home into a reality.
1. The right office desk to work at
Ok, so we might be a bit biased, but it’s a fact that the right home office desk will make a huge difference to your productivity and comfort when working. When choosing a home office desk, you need to consider:
What you’re using it for
- How much space you have
- How much storage you need
- What style of desk will complement your interior design scheme
- How much you want to spend
Keeping your desk uncluttered through the addition of some key accessories, like a copy stand, organiser and inbox trays will help you to maximise productivity.
2. An ergonomic chair to sit on
You’re going to be spending a lot of time sitting and working at your home office desk, and a comfortable adjustable ergonomic office chair is essential.
Choose the wrong chair, and you risk spending your life in discomfort, as well as a plethora of different health complaints, from headaches and chronic fatigue, to strains, sprains and aches.
Keeping paper under control is a challenge for every business, but it’s particularly difficult if you work from home. Having enough storage is vital, and will help to keep your office, neat, tidy and organised.
Storage takes up space, and it’s about striking the right balance. If space in your home office area is at a premium, then you may want to consider investing in a desk with some built in storage, like those in our innovative UCLIC range.
4. A dedicated workspace to call home
Having a dedicated office space is a really important part of working from home. Not only will it help you to stay focused, but it will also help you to separate your work life from your home life, so you can relax at the end of the day.
Ideally, you’ll want a separate room for your home office – but this isn’t always possible. A quiet corner in the kitchen, dining room or back bedroom (avoid the living room if possible) is a good compromise.
5. Motivational reminders to keep you going
Working at home can be tricky – in addition to all the distractions, it can be lonely, causing you to lose focus and become demotivated.
Having a few dedicated keepsakes on hand to remind you why your working can be a real productivity boost. Good ideas include a goals/inspiration board, some pictures of family members or some inspiring pictures of your dream holiday destination. The important thing is to have something that reminds you what you’re trying to achieve.
6. Let there be light!
Good lighting is conducive to a productive work environment. Natural light is best, so positioning your desk in an area close to windows is a good idea – just be careful to avoid screen glare.
For your artificial lighting, it’s about having a good selection of overhead and task lighting (table/floor lamps) so you can adapt the lighting to fit the time of day. Soft bulbs that provide a more natural light are better than harsh, bright white fluorescent lighting.
7. Technology to make it easier
Having the right tech will make your working life a lot easier. For most modern home offices, the basics are:
- 3 in 1 Printer/copier/scanner
- Reliable, high-speed internet (with an unlimited package)
You may also want to invest in a dedicated cloud storage device, so you can access your home files from anywhere.
When choosing your work computer, you may find it better to go for a laptop, so you can take it with you when visiting clients, or when you want to work outside the office. Alternatively, you might want to invest in a notebook/tablet and keyboard for when on the go.
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