Setting up your own business can be daunting. If you’re going to do it, you need to do it properly. When it comes to creating the concept, researching the market and securing appropriate funding you need to cover all your bases. The same should be said of your home office, but too often it isn’t. It’s simply not practical to run a new enterprise from your kitchen table, you need a dedicated space. Here’s how to create your ideal space.
Look away from the living areas It’s great working from home, but if it’s a full house it can be very difficult to really get down to some work. When starting a new venture hard work in abundance is what’s always required. Make sure you choose a space away from the main living areas of the home where you can shut yourself away. It’s also advisable to introduce a “do not disturb” policy in the home. When the office door is shut it means it’s time for work.
Get yourself kitted out Yes you need home office equipment, but you also need appropriate furniture. Opting for fitted study furniture is your best option. Often a home office is a small space which can easily become cramped if it’s full of furniture that doesn’t quite fit. Fitted furniture will be designed taking into account the exact specifications of the room ensuring it works perfectly with what space you have. Your home office doesn’t need to be big, it just needs to work with the space.
If you have any specific requirements in terms of equipment you may want to opt for bespoke furniture. Not only will it fit the space, it will also be designed specifically with all your wants and needs taken into consideration.
Get a dedicated phone line and business broadband It’s one thing ensuring you have a space away from the busy areas of the home, but it will be counterproductive if you don’t install a separate phone line as well as business broadband. You don’t want to be waiting for someone to finish on the phone when you have an important client call, whereas a standard home broadband package can’t really be relied upon to service all your business needs.
Do and don’t make it personal Add a personal touch to the way you decorate your home office. This can be anything from photographs to examples of your work to inspire creativity. You also need to keep it impersonal too, however. If you’ve opened up a business bank account you’ll no doubt be accumulating much in the way of paperwork in addition to your general business correspondence. You need storage in your office, but always keep this separate from any personal correspondence accumulated by the family.