There are plenty of advantages when it comes to setting up a home office. No more sitting in traffic for hours on end, save money on travel costs; more effective use of time throughout the day; typically shorter meetings; and often lower operating costs. This means it’s great for small business owners or sole traders – but it applies to larger companies too. But for some, the distractions in the home can make it difficult to focus.
So, here are a few tips that will help you set up your ideal working space…
Decide Which Room To Use As Your Home Office
Choosing the right space for your home office is the first and most important thing you’ll need to think about. This largely depends on how much work you plan on doing from home. Do you just need a quiet space to reply to a few emails and manage your finances in the evening, or are you planning on working from home on a daily basis? Either way, there are a few things worth considering:
- Pick a quiet location, whether it’s a small alcove or a spare room, and make sure you’re away from noise and distractions.
- Think about lighting; working in a room with plenty of natural light can help with your wellbeing.
- If you need a good internet connection (and who doesn’t these days?) make sure you’re not setting up your space in a Wi-Fi dead spot. Although, simply moving your router, or adding a Wi-Fi range extender can fix this.
- Do you need a dedicated phone line? If you live in a rural area, a mobile phone might not be reliable enough for work calls, so a landline might be your only option.
Start With A Blank Canvas
When you’ve decided where to create your workspace, whether it’s a large or small area, it’s always best to clear the clutter so you can see the space you’ve got. This will help when deciding what furniture you need and where to put it. You might be pleasantly surprised at how much space was hiding under all that junk in your spare room.
If storage space is limited, our domestic storage services could be the perfect solution. Smart Storage is open for essential access, so you can store your belongings at one of our storage centres – or at our drive-up units, which are perfect to use during this time of social distancing. You simply drive up, place or remove items from the unit, and drive away, all without having to see anyone. Of course, our team is available on the phone to help with any of your questions.
Think About What You’ll Need In Your Office
This all depends on the type of work you’ll be doing, but the golden rule here is a good old fashioned list. It might be that all you need to be able to do your job is a desk, a chair and a laptop. But if you’re looking to create a space that’ll keep you focused and help you stay motivated, you’ll also need to think about the environment you’re trying to create.
Artwork and plants can help to create a relaxing environment, while some people love to listen to music while they work. So decide how you’d like to layout your office before you start filling it with furniture.
Make Sure Your Office is a Distraction-Free Zone
It’s so easy to get distracted when working from home, either because of your kids making noise, your pets begging for attention or the postman delivering a package you’ve been waiting for. While distractions are unavoidable, it’s still possible to create a space that will minimise them.
For example, if you have children, make sure they understand they can only interrupt you if it’s urgent. Put a note on the door with your working hours, so that they understand when they can knock and when they should keep away.
Many people prefer background noise to focus but, if you can’t stand it, make sure that you turn off the radio, TV or any other sources of noise. Checking social media is another way to get distracted, so make sure to only do it during your breaks or lunchtime.
Do You Need Extra Storage Space Or Shelving In Your Office?
It might be that your job requires you to have lots of books for reference; if that’s the case, the last thing you’ll want is to be getting up and walking across the room every 5 minutes to pick up a book. Make sure the things you will be using most often are within reach of your desk.
And on the flip side of this, if you’ve got loads of stuff that you’ve accumulated over the years, like books or documents and they’re rarely used, why not free up space and put these items into storage? Our boxes and packaging will help you get organised and we sell archive boxes too.
At Smart Storage, we’re doing our best to make our customers’ lives easier. As it becomes clearer that home working is likely to continue for some time, it’s worth creating a dedicated space so that you can enter ‘work mode’ and stay in that mindset throughout the day.
We provide self-storage in Liverpool, self-storage in Preston, self-storage in the Wirral, self-storage in Warrington, self-storage in Widnes and self-storage in Altrincham, so we’re within easy reach.