Setting up a home office that works

Space is limited in most UK homes.  Working from the same space that you and your family live their life in can be challenging.  Some planning can smooth this transition, and a little forethought can prevent problems that could distract you and sabotage your business.  What works for me might not work for you, and that’s okay.  Your work will be more efficient if your office works for you.

Three main factors determine your office needs.  The physical area you have available, the type of work you will be doing and your own personality.

Physical area:

This could be a dining room table that’s available when the family are out for a blogger doing affiliate marketing, a fully functioning office where customers or a sales team need to be met with, and anything in between.  I use a dedicated office for my call centre work but blog from almost anywhere other than in that office.

Type of work:

The job you do might require specific equipment like a plinth or it may require a more conventional office setup.  I need a desk, a wired internet connection, and relative silence for my telephone based work while a laptop with a wireless connection is best for my blogging.

Personality:

This is the BEST part of working from home.  I work better barefoot, and that’s just easier from my own home.  We all have personal preferences and habits, indulge yourself because you can.

 

Desks and chairs come in all shapes and sizes, and I am not going to spend time discussing these except to suggest that you be sensible, comfortable and try out other people’s chairs for reference whenever you get the chance.  Other than that, your butt knows best.  Leave some floorspace around your chair so that you can stand, stretch and yell out of the window as required without hurting yourself or breaking things.

 

After years of working from home, there are some things I should have considered earlier to ensure my working comfort.  If funds are few, the following are worth considering in the order of importance:

Light.  Natural is great, but needs supplementing.  What works in the lounge, won’t in the office.  Experiment.  I am happiest with  a bright light, blue-tinged, hanging from the ceiling on a pendant behind me.

Sockets.  There is no such thing as too many electric sockets.  If you have any money to spend at all, this is where you splurge.  Extension cables and overloaded power points are hazardous and you will be surprised how many devices need power.  A desktop PC needs two, the router needs another.  Then there’s the shredder, the scanner/printer, the fan and the heater.  Portable devices need charging.

#Tip – When choosing devices, try to pick ones that use the same power or charging cables.

Workspace.  Cabinets and filing units can provide extra space for office equipment and free up valuable desk space. They can be used to conceal wiring, and help maximise floor space.  Going for units that are the same height means they can be stood side by side and provide maximum flexibility if your requirements change.

#Tip – Get units that are the same height.  Standing them side by side allows for flexibility as needs change

 

What makes your office work?  Drop me a line or leave a comment.

 

 

 

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