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Designing the Perfect Office For Your Home-Based Business
If you run a home-based business, you probably know the ups and downs. On the one hand, your commute disappears. On the other hand, if you work from home and lack private office space, you have to manage distractions—especially if you’re sharing the kitchen table with a teenager working on their homework. Establishing a dedicated office space for a home-based business is vital for productivity, so think about your options to design, build, or buy your perfect workspace.
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Buying your dream home
If you’ve been trying to run your business from your living room couch during COVID-19, it’s time to start thinking about ways to upgrade. One of the best options for dedicated home-business owners is buying a new home. Purchasing a new home can be a difficult process, so exploring the local market and teaming up with skilled real estate professional Isaac Verge will help you find a house with the perfect balance between work and your personal life.
If your home business requires you to see clients, it’s important to find a home that has a room with a separate entrance. This is especially important during COVID-19, as family members are home far more often than before the pandemic. With your partner and children also working and learning remotely, it’s best to avoid having strangers walking through your home during work hours. One option for this is finding a home with a mother-in-law apartment or other detached living/working space.
Just be wary of purchasing a home “as is” even if it has space for a home office. While you may be able to purchase these homes at a cheaper price, they typically have major problems such as a leaking roof, structural issues, and a non-functional HVAC system.
Build your office nook
If buying a new house isn’t in the cards, get creative with the space you do have. For example, if you have a big backyard, consider getting a backyard office shed. There are prefabricated options that aren’t difficult to build, or you can transform your existing shed or garage into an office.
You can also repurpose parts of your house into an office. Basements and attics can be great for this, but be sure to hire a contractor who can help you determine what upgrades or renovations you need to make it safe and functional.
Your office should be your happy place: it should represent you and your interests, and be set up to fit your needs perfectly. Many people only require a simple set-up: a desk, a comfortable chair, natural light, and a laptop will be enough to get started. However, aim to add elements that make you feel comfortable and productive, whether it’s including inspiring artwork on the walls or buying a couch where you can relax for breaks.
Adapting to remote work
Due to the pandemic, more companies than ever are moving to remote work. With this new era, home-based businesses can thrive—so long as they adapt with new technology.
Coronavirus has completely redefined the workforce, requiring all companies to adopt new strategies for success. This includes ramping up communication efforts, establishing strong remote meeting agendas, and boosting existing IT infrastructure. Be sure to learn about ways to grow as a home-based business, whether that means hiring freelancers or using workflow platforms such as Trello to help you manage your team remotely and thrive.
To make your home-based business succeed, find a way to set up a dedicated space for your office. If you have to buy a new home to achieve this, look to an experienced realtor and investigate mortgage options. If you see clients as part of your work, look for homes that can offer separate entrances so you can keep your work away from your personal life. And, if you’re building or designing your own space, get creative and repurpose rooms that help you boost productivity and energy.