How the Successfully Self-Employed Design Their Home Workspace

by Greg on February 27, 2020

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There are lots of amazing benefits to working from home. You can sprinkle your household chores into your work schedule—like laundry and dishwashing—so you don’t have to do them in the evening. You can cook lunch from the comfort of your own kitchen, and your longest commute is from the bedroom to the home office.

But it’s all too easy for the comfortable amenities of your home to distract you and hinder your productivity. If you want to be efficient when you’re working from home, you’ve got to make sure that your home office is carefully designed to block out distractions and bolster your success. Here’s how the self-employed pros design their home workspaces.

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They’re Able to Close the Door

Arguably the single most important feature of a home workspace is that you’re able to close the door. Although your workspace is within your home, you still want to feel as though you’re “going to the office” so that you’ll be able to maintain a true professional mindset during the workday. Since your home is generally a place where you come to relax, it’s important to have a distinct workspace that doesn’t lull you into passivity. It’s an important space to have, whether you run a small business from home or work remotely.

You can make a home workspace out of any unused room in your home: a spare bedroom, a garage, a vacant guest house, or even an unused pantry or walk-in closet. All that matters is that you’re able to close the door when it’s time to sit down and work. An unused master bedroom makes for a great home office because it’s larger and will feature a bathroom you can use exclusively when you’re working.

Having a “closed-door policy” is also for your benefit in the evening. Self-employed people often make the mistake of wandering into their home office after hours (or even in the middle of the night) to send out emails or to complete additional tasks. There’s a fine line between working hard and being a workaholic. Once the workday ends, it’s important that you mentally retire yourself for the day so you can relax and get refreshed for another day of work. That’s easier to do when you can shut the door of your office. “Out of sight, out of mind,” as they say.

They’ve Got a Well-Equipped Home Office

Make sure that your home office is well-equipped with all the electronics you need to be productive. Some of the things you’ll need include:

  • Laptop/desktop computer
  • Computer desk
  • Printer
  • Copy machine and/or fax machine
  • Console tables for other electronics
  • Filing cabinets for paperwork and records
  • General office supplies (paper, pens, paper clips, desktop organizers, etc.)

You can find most of the things you need for your home office at your local office supplies store, or you can order them online from a website like Amazon.

All of your electronics should have wireless functionality so you don’t have to run cables between them (like from your computer to your printer). You might also consider getting a standing desk so that you have the option to do work from standing position if you’ve been sitting for too long (there are also several health benefits to getting up frequently during the day).

They Carefully Choose Their Home Office Décor

There’s nothing wrong with taking a frugal approach to your home office, but the more your workspace feels like a professional environment, the more likely you are to be focused and professional while you’re at work.

You don’t have to buy expensive office furniture, but you should try and make sure that all your furniture encompasses a similar style so you can enjoy a stylistically cohesive space. The interior design of your office should be carefully planned out, from your office rug, to your wall hangings, to your bathroom accessories. Your home office isn’t just a room in your home—it’s the soul of your business, and it should evoke the colors and feelings of your brand.

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Comfort is Key

The best part about having a home office is that you can make it as comfortable as you please. Of all your office furniture pieces, put the most money toward a comfortable office chair—a good office chair will keep soreness and back problems at bay. You might also consider having a couple of other comfort chairs in your office, like a bean bag chair or a small sofa. These provide you with alternative seating options in case you need to read through a lengthy memo, and they’re important to have if you’re going to have visitors on business.

Fast Internet is a Must

You can only work as fast as your internet connection, so be sure that you have fast internet in your office. Ethernet (a wired internet connection) is generally much faster than Wi-Fi and it’s a better option if you have several people in your home sharing the same Wi-Fi. Otherwise, you could pay for a second Wi-Fi router and use it exclusively for your office electronics.

You can enjoy greater productivity and comfort when you work from home, but only if you design a home workspace that can keep you focused. Just use one or more of these tips to create the perfect space.

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Samuel Kaye

Samuel Kaye is a contributing editor for 365 Business Tips and writes about a variety of topics ranging from home design to business development to help entrepreneurs and homeowners grow their ventures.

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