How to Set Up Your Home Office

Published May 10, 2013 by


There are all sorts of tips and tricks to help you ensure your business’s extreme success. You can learn all about marketing and sales strategy. You can spend time in forums, at meetings and networking until you can recite your elevator pitch in your sleep.

Where it really starts, though, is where the magic happens: it starts with your actual office.

Setting up a home office can be an overwhelming task. You want the space to be perfect but you aren’t sure how to go from “messy table in a corner of the room” to “inspiring, comfortable and productive space for work.”

Here are some tips to help you do that:

1. It All Starts with the Desk

It’s okay to take your time picking out the perfect desk. Spend some time perusing the website and pick out a desk that jives with your work style and ethic. You’re going to spend a lot of time at that desk. You want to feel like you get to sit there, not that you have to sit there. This means finding a desk with the drawers or shelves on the correct side, a tabletop at the perfect height, enough space to do the things you need to do, etc.

PRO TIP: Don’t forget to find a really good chair (or stool)! You want to be comfortable while you’re sitting there or you’ll never use that beautiful desk.

2. The Right Tools

What tools do you need to get your work done? You are, obviously, going to need a computer. Beyond this, though, the tools you need to keep stocked are going to depend upon what it is that you do and what you offer. For example, if you’re a graphic designer you’ll want actual art supplies on hand as well as making sure that your software is up to date (or your new subscription, as Adobe is switching over to a subscription service).

3. Keep It Handy

Create spaces for things like your mail, the filing you need to do (as well as for the files themselves), meeting with your clients, etc. You don’t want to have to get up and leave the room every time you need to put a file away, do you? For example, if you are going to be making things and sending them out yourself (as opposed to a drop shipper), you will want to open an account with UPS or the USPS so that you can print your own postage at home and have things picked up, instead of having to make trips out every day–especially since the USPS is stopping Saturday service.

4. The Ambience

This probably sounds silly but the truth is that you need the room to feel the way you want it to feel. Some people might work better in a brightly lit and sterile feeling environment. Others might have an easier time working in an environment with softer lights and plusher fabrics and rounder edges. You know what environment makes you happiest.

This includes deciding whether you want to have an outlet for background noise, whether it is a water feature, music, and some television— whatever.

This can get tricky if you are working in a co-working space (which have gotten incredibly popular in the last few years), but a good set of headphones can really help you either block noise out or invite noise in.

Be patient—it is going to take some time to get your office exactly right. You’re going to be moving things in and out over time and that’s okay. If you follow these tips, though, you shouldn’t have any trouble creating a highly productive working environment for yourself.

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