Working from home is becoming increasingly more common. Alongside traditional self-employed freelancers and small independent businesses, computer and internet-based roles are on the increase. The result is more workers from a variety of industry sectors forgoing office life in favour of working from home.
Here are some top tips on how to optimise your home office for a more productive environment.
1. Choose the right furniture
If you’re working from home, it’s essential that you keep things organised – particularly if you’re running your own business. The right storage will mean you’re less likely to lose important documents or miss your deadline for the taxman because you can’t find the right receipts.
Home office essentials include sturdy bookshelves or wall shelving, wooden or timber floors to look smart for potential client meetings, a box file for invoices and other documents, a wastepaper bin, and a cork-board for keeping tickets and other items safe, as well as a potential creative space.
Your home office design should, of course, include a desk big enough to accommodate everything you will use from day to day, a great office chair with good back support, and somewhere to store any files or equipment you’ll need to access on a regular basis.
You might consider adding a comfortable armchair to your home office space. This will give you a space to relax within a working environment, without the need to leave the room (and inevitably find yourself turning on the TV).
It will also make the office a great place to meet clients in a more personal environment than your high street coffee chains.
Getting rid of your old furniture
People often realise that the furniture they have isn’t suitable for an office, therefore need to purchase the correct furniture and throw away the old stuff. To keep yourself more efficient, we recommend a waste collection company that offers office services. If you’re based in Kent, take a look at Rubbish Clearance Kent for affordable commercial rubbish removals.
2. The perfect place to have your office
We suggest having an office in a separate part of the house, so you can really relax when you want to be away from work.
The best place to have your home office is either in a conservatory, room extension or even a loft. Also, in your home office, it is essential that you have natural lighting pouring in as research has found that this is something that increases productivity massively.
There are various things you can do to ensure this:
- Have skylights installed as these allow for maximum lighting in
- Choose the right shade for walls
- Use the mirroring effect to increase natural lighting
As anyone who works from home will tell you, having a designated workspace is a must.
3. Get some inspiring accessories
There are some great home office ideas online which can reduce inefficiency and procrastination. Remember to keep it flexible.
This could involve anything from a wall calendar to a coffee maker (minimise those unnecessary walks around the rest of the house). You can match these with some excellent office furniture to create an environment that is both productive and fun to be in.
Remember: the more creative you are with your home office solutions, the more you’ll actually want to do work in it.
Please contact us for more information.