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Nov
27

Setting Up an Efficient and Productive Office From Home

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If you are beginning your working from home journey, then there is a lot to be thinking about. How will you get the clients that you need? How will you schedule your time? Do you have the right kind of computer for what you will have to do? The list goes on. You may find that you underestimate just what you will need to get started, as is the case in many aspects of business. But when you are underprepared for what you need to do, it does have a knock-on impact and it can hinder what you are doing. You can’t progress or be productive when you have to pause often throughout the day or have to head out to use a printer at the library, for instance. When you focus your efforts to creating a stellar office at home, then it can really help your productivity.

With that in mind, here are a few of the things that can be a great help to get you started for what you need to do. Depending on your niche, there may be more specific things that you do need to help you. But get a paper and pen out, and make a list of all of the things here that are going to be essential to your working from home business and are going to help you to be the most productive to get your business off you a good start.

 

Computer

All home-based businesses are going to need a computer to get things going. These days, we are so blessed with the technology that we have that it means we can work from home with just that, meaning new and exciting things for many people. But the kind of computer that you have will depend on you and your preferences. For example, if you are a web designed or a graphic designer, you may prefer to have a proper desk setup with a fixed computer as the screen is larger and visually having that up in front of you can help you to create better work. For something like blogging or writing, it could simply be easier to have a laptop as it makes it much more flexible. You are more likely to head to a coffee shop to do a little bit of writing work than you are to do the same but for graphic design. So think about your business and practicality of it all. If you travel a lot, then a laptop could be better, for example.

 

Computer Storage

There will only be so much space that a computer or laptop comes with. And for a business, you will need to keep copies of things like invoices and completed work for quite a while (for tax return purposes and so on). So having enough storage for all that you need to do is a must. It could be that you will use something like an external hard drive for storage. You could also think about using the cloud as a way to store things. You could also alternate between the two using USB storage, and could perhaps treat yourself to one of the designs at Cute USB, for instance. Whatever you choose, just make sure that you have something chosen and set up before you start. You don’t want to get started with something and then realize that you don’t have enough space for it. So choose before you get ahead.

 

High-Speed Internet

If you are going to spend much money on something for your business, then having a high-speed internet connection is what you need. It is pretty self-explanatory really, as the internet is what is going to get you connected to do all that you need to do. You don’t want to waste time and money when it comes to working from home, and a bad internet connection is going to do that for you. So shop around, look for the best deals, and make sure that you get what you need from your internet provider. Then you can get on with business.

 

Desk and Chair Workspace

In an ideal world, having your own space to create and work from is really important. It can help you to be comfortable, as well as getting you in the zone for working. Ideally, having a workstation desk and chair that are ergonomic is best, so that you can adjust the seat height and desk height to be just as you need it to be. Although it may not be possible, if you do have space, investing in a good desk is important. If you are really limited, then at least a table is next best; you can do damage if you just sit on your sofa with a laptop on your lap the whole time.

As for your chair, one that is adjustable can be good for you. As you can be sitting for a while when you’re working from home, you want to make sure that you’re comfortable and have the right kind of support for your neck, back, arms, and legs. When you’re in an office for a large company, they will often have someone from HR or occupational health to assess your workstation. But as it is just you at home, it is important to take some accountability and make sure that you are working with a desk and chair that will support you and the hours that you’ll be sat at them.

 

Lighting

Because your home is designed as a home and never was designed to be an office, you could struggle with having some important aspects that you’d need for your workspace. One of those can be lighting. If lighting isn’t good, then it can put strain on your eyes, and make your job more difficult to do. It can also stop you being focused when you haven’t got the right light, or natural light, to see what you need to be doing. So having your office in a room with plenty of natural light is one of the first things that you can do. It is also a good idea to get a variety of different lights in the room, from main wall lights, to a ceiling light, floor lamp, or table lamp. Then you can adjust the lighting as required, so that you can be as productive as possible.

 

Software

As a freelancer or a small business owner, it may be pretty straightforward when it comes to the kind of software that you need for day to day. In many instances all that you need could be just access to standard computer things like word documents and spreadsheets. But depending on your working from home niche, you need to check what other kind of software would be useful to have. Not only that, but checking what is going to be the best for your needs is a good idea too. There may be things like computer editing software that you need for photos, but what is going to be the best one for your needs? Check reviews and see what it all does, to make sure that you can get the one that will make your working life much simpler and as productive as it can be.

This is just a starting list to help you get your business up and running. But there will be plenty of different things that you may not need, depending on what you are working on. You just need to make sure that it is going to help you to run your business from home and help you to be productive.

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