7 Tips for Setting Up Your Home Office
“Working from home offers many advantages including the flexibility of setting your own schedule, and saving time and gas money by eliminating your daily commute,”The Balance Small Business.
But first you must have a designated area in your home that will encourage productivity, efficiency and success. The space you select should be quiet, free of distractions and have some level of privacy.
Outfit the space with a quality desk, a chair with back support, a computer with ample memory, a high-quality printer, a dedicated business telephone, filing cabinets or storage, and any specific equipment you need to do your job. Keep it clean and organized.
“When possible, choose a space that allows plenty of natural light,” and add a lamp, the article says. “Make sure that your computer screen is positioned so that it prevents a glare from occurring. The object is to create balanced lighting that minimizes eye strain.”
Maintain separate personal and business expenses, and store personal checks, bank statements, records, tax information and mail elsewhere.
“Keeping a few formal procedures in place for standard business functions will ensure your office stays organized, and that information is available where and when you need it,” says The Balance Small Business. “Setting a typical schedule for working will help you stay focused. Establishing office hours can also help minimize distractions, unannounced calls or drop-in visits,” and lets clients know when you’re available.
Here are some more tips to help you create a professional working space in a non-traditional environment.
- Choose a dedicated area for your office space.
- Brighten it up with proper lighting.
- Use a designated phone line.
- Invest in the right equipment.
- Separate the professional from the personal.
- Utilize formal processes and procedures.
- Establish office hours and use a clock.
Amy Jacques is the managing editor of publications for PRSA. A native of Greenville, S.C., she holds a master’s degree in arts journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Georgia’s Grady College and a certificate in magazine and website publishing from New York University.