Setting Up Your New Home Office

you’ll have to do is prepare and set up a home work space. A crucial part of being productive is
making sure that you have a good working environment, away from the distractions of your home.
It’s really important that you are able to shut the door and feel like you’re at work.

If you’ve just made the switch to working from home, then investing in your home office is
something you should be planning carefully. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on all
the latest mod cons, but you will need to think about buying some equipment and office furniture to
ensure that your home office is a professional working space.

Choose the Right Room

The first thing you’ll need to do is decide where you are going to have your office. OK, so not many
people have the luxury of choice, but it’s worth considering a few options and making some changes
if necessary. The ideal home office should be situated in a room away from distraction, but with
enough space for you to keep your files, equipment and work and without feeling squashed. Popular
rooms include basements, spare bedrooms and converted garages. The trick is finding a room where
you can separate yourself from the home environment.

Determine Furniture Needs

You will definitely need some form of budget to go out and get some furniture for your new
office. You will need to consider things such as a desk, filing cabinets, shelving and storage. Try to
write down a list of everything you will need, and then go and look at what’s available. Different
businesses will need different furniture, so it’s important that you consider the needs of your
individual business. Do you need lots of storage? Will you need to keep lots of information on file?

Plan for Office Equipment

When shopping for office equipment it’s really easy to get carried away and buy loads of fancy
gadgets that you don’t actually need. If you’re a new business then you will have to try and limit
yourself to equipment that is necessary, rather than getting luxury items. To help you plan things,
try writing down a wish list with a column for things you 100% need, items that would make your life
easier, and then items that you’d love to have. Start with the equipment you need and then see if
there’s any room left in the budget for some of the more luxury items.

Staying Within Budget

Of course, every situation is different and some people may well be lucky enough to start their home
business with a healthy budget. If that’s not the case, then you should be looking at ways to save as
much money as possible. Fortunately, second hand office furniture can be picked up for very little
money as businesses tend to want to just get rid of it as quickly as possible. Keep your eye on the
local paper to see if there are any businesses near you replacing their office furniture. It’s also worth
scouring the internet for bargains on auction sites and free ads websites. With a bit if homework you
should be able to kit out your office with even the smallest of budgets.

About the Author: Deborah Smith works for British Antique Replicas, selling a range of high end
reproduction furniture including office desks, dining tables and more.

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