“Life gets better when you create an inspiring environment that serves you and your business.” – Sara Rez
Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a trend of more and more people beginning to work from home. Whether you’re an entrepreneur taking on your own business or your day job simply allows you to work from home, creating a workspace in the home entails all the same things.
Being able to work from home allows you to create a space that’s comfortable for you, reconciling all of your physical and creative needs. Now depending on the type of business you are running from home, workspace requirements will vary, meaning it is important to make sure the space you are creating is right for you. By taking into consideration all of the following things, you will be sure to create an environment suitable for your business.
1. Plan your workspace
Going into a design project with a sense of direction is always the best way to go. This will make it easier to map out how you want the space to look and will most importantly help you avoid obstacles later on in the project.
When planning your home office you must take into consideration the type of business you are running and where in your household it will be most effective to work. Some examples are the kitchen, garage or perhaps a spare bedroom. Then you have to ask yourself questions like “will clients be coming to the home?” or “is a space for one big enough to work from?” You also want to take into account any possible distractions such as children or any unbearable noises. These are important factors to ask yourself to ensure your space will be functional and set a boundary between your work life and personal life.
2. Renovate and Furnish the Space
After you have a clear view of what you want your space to look like, meeting all of your needs, it is time to start bringing your idea to life. Depending on the business and how you want to transform your space, you might need to renovate and possibly work with a contractor/designer, or simply just furnish the space. If you decide to renovate, either on your own or with a professional’s help, it is important to take measurements and review cost requirements. After renovations, it is time to equip your workspace with all the proper furniture, tools, supplies and technology you may need. Once again, you want to make sure you stay close to your budget throughout this process.
3. Remember to think about Ergonomics
It is important to keep in mind that you want to create a space that is comfortable for you. We believe that working from a comfortable space will enhance your overall performance and ability to work. To make sure your space is ergonomically correct, you can look at things like the type of chair you are using. If you are working at a desk, choosing the right chair will ensure comfortable posture and will save you from encountering things like back problems.
4. Explore your Creativity
One of the most exciting parts about being able to work from home is having the ability to make the space your own. Whether you are creative, or simplicity is what suits you best, creating your workspace at home allows you to make the space look however you would like. It is important to take pride in how your workspace will look. Think about a colour scheme that speaks to you and don’t be afraid to use it; a splash of colour can bring a room to life! Find out which colour suits you best in our Human Responses to Colour Guide.
There are so many ways to add some creativity into your space such as choosing unique office supplies or furniture. Look into organizational tools that leave your office looking neat and stylish. Perhaps you’d like to have some plants in your office or even an abstract painting. If you have a company logo, or want to brand your business, find a way to incorporate your brand into the space, this will bring the whole space together!
Lighting is very important; you want to make sure the lighting conditions are suitable for you. Perhaps during the day you would prefer natural lighting instead of electrical lighting.
These are just a few of the many ideas to get you thinking and on the right path to planning and creating a workspace at home that is just right for you!
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