Home Office Set Up – 3 Steps To Get You Started
by Lloyd Burrell of
Your laptop is ready and clients are waiting… it’s time to set up your home office.
Whether you’ve negotiated a remote work arrangement with your employer or have decided to become your own boss, a little thought about what you really need will help you set up a productive work area at home.
You’ll find millions of pages of home office organization advice online – everything from ridding yourself of clutter to finding workplace zen – but before you lose yourself in the finer points of Feng Shui, I suggest you get started with these 3 simple steps.
Step #1 – Define Your Work
Ask yourself these questions:
Whatever your circumstances, at the most basic level you are probably setting up a home office in order to make money. The more clearly you can define the nature of the work you’re getting paid for, the better you will be able to make this happen. Defining your work will also guide you in investing in the most useful tools and accessories for your specific needs.
Step #2 – Fit Your Space
Now that you know what you need to get done, it’s time to look for a place to do it.
While size and floor plan have an obvious influence on where you set up your home office, your options are not as limited as you may think. Even if you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to a home office, you can still make sure your most practical needs are met by choosing the right furniture and accessories to give you the space, storage and functionality that you need.
If you’ll be meeting with clients, you’ll find that there are very affordable office furniture sets available which manage to look elegant and traditional (or if you prefer, contemporary and artistic) without breaking your budget.
If buying online, remember to consider all aspects of the shopping experience to ensure that you’re completely satisfied. Look for a low price combined with responsive customer service, easy returns, and free shipping.
Step #3 – Choose Your Tools
The next question is:
The answer may be as simple as “just a clear head and an internet connection”.
There are affordable desks available which combine remarkably efficient use of space with style and practicality. If you don’t need regular access to files or specialized equipment, you may decide that a compact, efficient work station with an ergonomic chair are all that you need to get started.
On the other hand, if you use a scanner, printer, webcam, phone and reference material every day, you’ll want to design a layout that gives you easy access to these tools without having to cross the room every time you need them.
With a little planning, you really can design to fit your needs while using a very small amount of floor space.
Following these three simple steps in setting up your home office will get you off to a great start. There’s always time to add bells and whistles as you go along, but if you’ve made it this far you’ll be able to work productively and enjoy all the benefits of being able to work at home.