At one time, working from home was the stuff that dreams were made of, but with so many companies being internet based the opportunity is there for people to split their time between the office and home.
If you are in the enviable position to do this, it is vital that you create an office space within the home. Sitting in front of the television with your laptop on the coffee table is not the kind of environment that lends itself to a high level of quality output.
It is easy enough to create a good, working environment within the home, even if you don’t have a spare room. The use of divider will allow you to create a space that is separate from the living areas of the home and give the impression of being in an office.
These are relatively cheap to buy and with a desk and a chair and maybe the odd picture to create the illusion of being at work rather than home you can perform perfectly adequately.
If you do have a spare room, however, then you can go all out and create your very own perfect environment. If you have ever looked around at work at thought what you would do to the office if you had the chance, now you have.
Starting with the décor, creating an ambience of an office without it being to stiff and starchy, or too relaxed, is key. Pick colours you like instead of the normal, bland colours that grace the walls of an office, and add touches such as prints.
If it is a small room that doesn’t get much natural light, the addition of a mirror on the wall facing the window will maximise the light that comes in and reflect it.
This mirror will also give the illusion of space so that small home office will seem instantly bigger. If you need any work doing such as electrics, then you will have to call in a professional. Why not compare companies in your area by going online, and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
Furniture wise, you want your home office neither too cluttered nor too bare. A desk and a good chair are a must, after that it’s up to you, depending on the space available.
While you won’t need a filing cabinet or any of that kind of traditional office furniture, a small cupboard that you can place a plant on top of, or a coffee machine if you don’t want to be tempted to venture into the rest of the house during the time you are meant to be working, makes a useful and aesthetically pleasing addition to your office.
One thing you must press home to other members of the household is that when you are in there you are working. They have to go about their day as if you were at the office, and not constantly knocking at the door asking you if you can run them somewhere, or if you want a sandwich.
This is the aspect that makes many home workers unproductive, and if this happens the privilege of working from home can be taken away from you as quickly as it was given.
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