Working from home, whether you do it one day a week or all the time, offers a lot of flexibility. But first, you’ll need to create an ideal environment to get it all done. And, no matter how small your home, there’s always a way to carve out some space to work – sometimes you just need to be a little creative.
What Type of Office Do You Need? – If you work from home most of the time, you’ll probably need a space away from all the living that goes on in the house. You’re likely to require more equipment and more storage than the nook at the end of the hallway can provide. On the other hand, if you only occasionally work from home, you might be able to slide into an entry closet, a kitchen corner, or a well-placed desk in your living room. Whatever you do, don’t underestimate the level of distraction you’ll face when working at home.
Comfortable, But Not Too Comfortable – It’s easier to get work done when you aren’t sitting in front of a draft or on the world’s most uncomfortable chairs. That said, most people can’t work effectively sitting on the couch in front of the television. You’ll need to strike a balance, and sometimes that does mean purchasing new furniture rather than repurposing what you already have.
You Can’t Have too Much Storage – Modern work may mean that you can take your laptop anywhere to meet your deadlines, but it doesn’t mean that’s the only thing you need. You’ll need a place to store pens, papers, calculators, and all those files you collect (no matter how much you try to go paperless). Consider your long-term business needs rather than what you’ve already accumulated.
When you’ve considered these key points, you might just find that your office should be somewhere totally unexpected. It could be the attic or the basement (which may need more than a weekend to transform) – or you may want to take over a sideboard in the dining room. Wherever you plan your office, always keep these concepts in mind. If you don’t, you may just need to start all over again. Get inspired with these ideas from House Beautiful and Pinterest.