Running your own business out of your home can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. Being comfortable, calm and relaxed in your own home in order to complete your work is a definite bonus, (as is not having to get out of your pajamas) but there are definite disadvantages that come along with the job. For example, people find it difficult to grasp the fact that while you are at home, you’re stillworking,and instead of respecting your work and the fact that you are busy, will consider it a good opportunity to stop by and have a chat. Another problem many people who work from home encounter is trying to make the distinction between work and home–when one stops, and the other begins, and when to call it a day and focus on having some time or yourself or your family. One way in which you can help define these spaces is by having a well-organised and dedicated home office. A separate room is ideal (even if you do have to share it with the spare futon!) and by creating a professional office workstation you can remain motivated while you’re working as well as have an easily definable space to shut off from when it’s time for a break. Here’s a list of Dos and Don’ts when you’re setting up your home office.Do: Make good use of storage solutions and keep things in an orderly fashion
Don’t:become obsessive with filing cabinets and paper copies–most things are safer stored online these days.
Do:Surround yourself with inspiration–artwork, inspiring quotations, motivational posters
Don’t:Clutter the space with things–a streamlined office leads to a streamlined mind.
Do:Keep the room tidy and brightly lit–straining your eyes will cause headaches and loss of concentration.
Don’t:Put fluorescent bulbs anywhere near your home office. They are distracting and unattractive
Do:Invest inhigh-quality office furniture. You get what you pay for and high quality, nice-looking furniture will help you feel at ease and happy in your work space.
Don’t:Blow ridiculous amounts on designer furniture. You can mix form and function without re-mortgaging your house
Do:Do your research, shop around and invest in anergonomic office chairthat is comfortable enough for you to sit in for several hours at a time.
Don’t:Put up with a hard, uncomfortable or squeaky chair. All of these things will distract from your work and lower your productivity.
Do:Set yourself strict work hours.
Don’t:Work at all hours of the day or night. Obviously there will be times when long hours are necessary if you’re working on a big project, but if you don’t have some sort of structure to your day you’ll find working from home becomes something you regret and resent.