Tips to Help you Set Up the Perfect Home-Based Office
When you’re new to entrepreneurship, whether you’re a senior or a twenty-something college grad, creating a dedicated home office workspace is crucial. There’s nothing more distracting than trying to work from the dinner table with a television blaring in the background or family asking you where the cookies are. This is even more unprofessional if you plan to meet with clients either in person or virtually.
If you’re interested in finding out how to set up the perfect home-based office, then read on for these tips from The Boyd Team.
Make a Home Office Wish List
Before you jump into decorating your home office, it’s a great idea to create a wishlist of everything you want and need. Be sure to prioritize the most important items first, such as a desk, printer, computer, and telephone, then go from there.
Once you’ve established the essentials, you can start adding “wants” to the list, such as decor and accessories. That could include things like artwork, indoor plants, throw pillows, and lamps that will liven up the space.
Choose the Right Location
The workspace you need will largely depend on the type of small business you own. If you have clients coming to visit you, you’ll likely need a space with more privacy. The same can be said if you’re hosting virtual meetings — choose a space away from noise and too much foot traffic.
Build a Fully Functional Home Office
Are you considering selling your home shortly? Then building a fully functional home office is an update that could increase your home's appraisal value. This means considering everything from investing in functional office furniture to getting a landline setup to cable management. Be sure to take before and after pictures and keep track of improvements so you can quantify your home's increase in value.
Invest in Comfort
If you’re spending 40 hours a week in your home office, you’re going to want to invest in comfort, especially considering most entrepreneurs spend much more than that. For starters, your office chair should be the right height, as well as provide plenty of back and arm support. You may even want to opt for an adjustable desk, so you can work both standing up and sitting down.
An ergonomic keyboard wrist pad and mouse pad also do wonders for decreasing pain when typing and sitting on the computer for long durations. You may not notice it at first, but the discomfort will start to build over time.
With the events of the pandemic, being safety-conscious is crucial for business. That means using masks whenever you meet with clients or customers, having hand sanitizer on standby, as well as keeping a window open for better airflow.
On the other hand, you should take advantage of technology that minimizes contact whenever possible. Rather than having to meet with customers, consider using invoicing and payment software. A great option is Wave Financial — you can send invoices and accept payments from your clients for free.
If you plan to have a lot of Zoom meetings, you may want to switch to digital documents like PDFs if you haven’t already done so. However, PDFs can become problematic if you have to send a lot of them at once, as they can become quite large — especially if they’re image-heavy. So, use online tools to merge PDF files before you email them to a client or customer. That way, they will have all the documentation they need for your meeting in one tidy document.
Make It Personal
Lastly, it’s important to add personal touches to your office. This could be anything from decorating your desk with photographs of your family to purchasing stationery that inspires you to painting the walls your favorite color.
Having a great workspace at home is the key to success. Make sure this spot is both comforting and productive; after all, the more you enjoy spending time in this space, the more you’ll accomplish throughout the day.
If you’re looking to purchase a new home to accommodate your new business, The Boyd Team can help you find the perfect space. Get in touch with us today!