Working from home has gotten us all in a craze for home office design, looking for inspiration for turning a corner of our home into a hub for creativity and productivity. While being an employee and having the option of remote work allows for a lot of freedom, it also comes with a routine and knowing what you have to do most of the time.
Yet for someone who is starting their own business in the form of a micro startup, you truly need a dedicated space where you can sit down and focus properly on getting everything going. As such, you should set up a home office that is for work and work only. If you live in a rental apartment, you can also benefit from tax deductions by creating a dedicated workspace, as you can list part of your rent as a business expense.
To help you design a functional and productive home office, we’ve put together a list of areas you should be paying attention to and some tips and tricks for boosting your productivity in this space.
Create a layout
The layout of a space is important for separating your areas and later defining them. For a distraction-free environment, you should position your desk somewhere with a lot of light, preferably next to a window, and your chair should have its back to the room. That way, when you’re looking ahead, all you see is your workspace, which can prevent you from getting up to do minor chores around the house.
Placing your desk in a corner is also helpful. By doing this you can utilize the space better and have everything within easy reach. You can use the remaining free space to set up a cabinet file or some shelves for organizing things and keeping everything tidy.
Define your areas
As already mentioned, you should define your areas for creative work, storage, rest, electronics, etc. A workspace is likely to get cluttered, especially if you live in a rather smaller rental apartment. By giving all of your items a home, you’re making it easier to access everything at the beginning of your day and put them all back properly when you’re done with work.
Take the opportunity to find your resting spots as well. Sit in your chair and let your eyes wander around while you take a break. See where they stop and those are the perfect spots to add something relaxing or inspiring. Think about adding some plants for a green focal point which does wonders for your productivity. You can also add something that inspires you, like a piece of art, a personal trinket that makes you think, or anything close to your heart. Try not to overdo it though, because it can easily turn into a distraction.
Now that you have the space, it’s important to invest in quality furniture for it. Considering this is where you work, you’ll spend a considerable amount of time here, so get furniture that is good for your body and health. Ergonomic chairs, a sturdy desk — perhaps one with a standing option — and good lighting for late night work are all important in setting up a home office.
If you live with your family or with roommates and want to clearly define your space and add privacy to it, you can also invest in a separator or a faux wall. However, depending on your layout, this might end up feeling a bit crowded and closing up the space, so make sure the option you choose works for you.
Organize and decorate
After you have the basis of your home office, it’s time to add in your work materials, personal items, trinkets and plants. A good idea for setting up the space is to bring in your stuff by category, so that you keep things organized from the get-go. What you use daily goes on your desk, what you need often goes on your shelves for easy reach, and what you occasionally use and might otherwise clutter your place in the meantime goes in a cabinet.
Don’t forget a very important aspect: cable management. While setting up your workspace, keep electrical cords, chargers, and all other cables grouped up and tucked away. You can use cable ties to form bundles and then secure them in place with tape. You can also mask them if you want to, but as long as they are tied, they’re easier to manage.
These are the essential steps for setting up your home office. You can personalize your space and – depending on your area of expertise as well – make it fit you and your work. Don’t underestimate the power of having a space dedicated to your work. It can make everything run smoothly, especially on those days when you don’t feel like doing any work at all.
Author bio: This article was written by the team at RENTCafé.