Thinking of improving your home office? A big change from home office does not have to be complicated or expensive. You just have to think about how you work most effectively and then create a plan. Here is a step by step guide to guide you through the process of creating a home office space that works for your small business.
Makeover for the Home Office
1. Organize your existing belongings
Before you bring anything new into space, it's a good idea to take stock of what you already have and what you want to include in your new office. Browse all that you have in the room and put it in a few categories: the things you want to keep in your office, the things you want to keep in other parts of your house, and the things you can throw or donate. This will give you a good starting point for working.
2. Find the inspiration
During the early stages, it's also a good idea to do some research to find the styles and components that you want to include in your own office space. Check out Pinterest, sift through decorating magazines or even visit local co-working spaces to get an idea of what you want the finished product to look like. Then you can use this inspiration to guide you through the process to ensure that each decision will help you form a coherent space at the end of the process.
3. Addresses the walls and floors
When you are really ready to begin the process, it is best to start with the big things and work your way down. So, if you plan to touch up or install new flooring or paint the walls, you will want to supplement these elements before you start adding furniture and other decorative items.
4. Add sufficient lighting
Lighting is so important for a functional office space. Ideally, you will want your space to have a good amount of windows so you can get decent natural light, but this is not always possible. So be sure to install top lighting that uses high quality LED bulbs and also add lamps around your desk or workspace so you can always see your work clearly.
5. Closing the coin
Working at home can be distracting enough for many entrepreneurs. So, a good home office should have some kind of barrier that closes the rest of the house. Ideally, it would be a kind of isolated door. However, if you can not dedicate an entire room to your home office, add a room divider or even floor plants to separate the office from potential distractions.
6. Decorating furniture
A desk, a chair and all the other important pieces of furniture that you want to include should appear on your list. Opt for ergonomic designs that put comfort first but still fit the desired style. It's also a good idea to consider the way you work most effectively when making these decisions. If you prefer to stand up sometimes, consider an adjustable desk. If you like to sit on a comfortable couch to do some types of work, then that's something that should also be on your shopping list.
7. Invest in the products of the organization
You will also need furniture or other products to help you organize important documents and supplies. This may include a filing cabinet, shelves and storage boxes. Think back to the moment when you have reviewed all your belongings and chosen the items that will best allow you to organize the types of objects you need to store.
8. Improve your technology
When you redo your desktop, you may also find that the equipment you use to run your business, such as your computer, printer, or scanner, can also use an upgrade. Look in some of the latest models and find those that include the features you use daily.
9. Add an inspired decoration
A really great office space should also include some personal touches to keep you inspired and productive. If you are family driven, include lots of group photos around your desk. If you are a design-oriented person, invest in wall art from your favorite designers. And add some personal trinkets and unique touches to your desk and shelves.
10. Purify the air with plants
Plants can also be a great way to decorate an office space. They also offer other benefits like air purification and even sound insulation. Find plants that fit your space and add them to your desk, the floor around your workspace, or even hang them from the ceiling.
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