Working from home is clearly not for everyone, or we would all be doing it. But, for those of us who do work from home, does your home office rock?
In this article, I explain a few things to keep in mind when asking yourself does your home office rock?
This article is not all inclusive regarding things to keep in mind when creating your ideal home office, but it should get you started thinking in the right direction. The first three items of utmost consideration should include:
- Purpose (involves the scope of work to be done in the home office).
- Size (involves the square footage necessary for the work area).
- Location (involves the area of the home, i.e. garage, spare bedroom, etc.)
Purpose of Your Home Office
The purpose of your home office is the heart of your livelihood. This is a place where you will be spending a considerable amount of time, so you want it to be as comfortable and efficient as possible.
At this point, a lot of you would probably say, “well, the purpose of my home office is to work, right?” Well, yes, but what I mean is the complete scope of what you will do on a daily basis.
Each profession, trade, or hustle has its own accommodations that need to be incorporated into the creation of your home office. Otherwise, you may find that your home office is not sufficient and/or efficient.
For example, an insurance salesman would need an area to do paperwork and greet customers.
Also, filing cabinet space for storing insurance documents and medical information is mandatory by law. In addition, bookcases for trade books and other career literature is a comfortable addition.
Furthermore, a desk, computer and printer are necessary and a storage cabinet for office supplies would help with organization and general office appearance. Office chairs are also a necessity.
Size of Your Home Office
This element of consideration is going to depend a lot on the thoughts and ideas you established in determining the purpose of your office.
This portion of your office is again dependent on the type of business or side hustle you may be engaged in. Also, to some extent, this is a personal consideration. Each person is different. Some people need larger work areas than others to feel productive.
Others seem to work better in a very minimal area. Again, as long as you have everything you need to do the job, the square footage will be decided on what you determine is necessary for an environment that you can thrive in.
Even the smallest of houses these days are capable of having home office areas included in them. With so many trends on organizing, saving space and minimalizing spaces in homes, there will be a solution for just about everyone.
With the advent of the “cloud”, trends in paperless offices are becoming more common. Also, cell phones are being used to do business much more than land lines because of the mobility required with new technology and internet trends for businesses.
Location of Your Home Office
After you have determined the purpose and area needed for your home office business, the location of your office will become the last major consideration for your new business.
What you will be doing in your home office and the space necessary to do it in will give you the answer to where you should create your office space.
Most often you will be able to locate an adaptable area within your home that will fit both your business and your physical needs for your “rockin” home office.
While there are a great many other things to consider when setting up a home office business, the issues noted above are just a couple of the very first questions that you need to ask yourself.
Like I said before, the elements listed above are just the tip of the iceberg regarding questions that you need to answer before you begin planning to work from home.
Plans for Future Blog Posts on Your “Rockin” Home Office
I have had the experience of having a home office for upwards of 25 years now and I truly enjoy my work area. I have quite a bit of experience with working in a home office and about planning the “rockin” work area.
In future posts, I plan to go into greater detail about my experiences with working in a home office. There is a lot of information to consider in making it work for you and I would love to share that with you.
So, I look forward to providing you with this information in future blog posts. I may even get into some of the mentality that it takes to work from home.
Regardless of what you plan to do “from home,” there is always a way to work things out to your advantage. I hope to give you some ideas and methods you may not have otherwise thought about.
Until we meet again!!!!