Running a home-based business allows you to cut all kinds of costs, as well as daily commute time, which are the primary reasons why so many people are going this route these days. But another benefit of working from home is that you can build your own workspace that specifically meets your needs. By eliminating the restrictions that come with a conventional office, a home office allows you to work when, where, and how you wish. And you can design it to your liking so that you can work comfortably and productively.
If you’re planning to build your own home office, here are some tips for the beginning stages:
Look at foreclosed homes.
If you need to buy a home in order to fit your home business, look into foreclosed homes—or homes owned by the bank—before anything else. Oftentimes, you can get amazing deals on foreclosed homes, which will leave you with more funds to put toward building your business. If you decide to go this route, here are a few guidelines to consider:
- Hire a real estate agent with expertise in foreclosures.
- Get a home inspection done on any home you’re considering.
- Factor in the fact that you are buying a foreclosed home as-is.
- Get pre-approved for a mortgage loan.
Get your equipment.
One of the most important parts of building a home office is ensuring you have the right equipment. First of all, get a high-quality, comfortable chair. You will likely spend most of the workday sitting in this chair, so consider investing what is necessary.
Your desk is another important factor. Find a desk that will fit the room nicely, and make sure it provides enough surface for you to work comfortably. Many people are choosing standing desks for their offices—using them either solely or in conjunction with a sitting desk. If you need help with focus and productivity, standing desks are worth considering.
Moreover, you will want to make sure you have all the tech equipment you need, such as a computer, laptop, tablet, extra monitors, speakers, printer, fax machine, and so on. And make sure your workspace has internet, whether that means wiring it from scratch, extending your home’s Wi-Fi, or getting a hotspot device.
Paint it your way.
The color of the walls will make a big difference in the appeal and comfort of your home office. And one of the advantages of working from home is that you can create an office exactly how you wish. Think about what you want from your workspace when considering colors. For instance, a blue-gray tone represents a more professional environment. A yellow scheme can promote happiness and spark creativity. Light blue can make the office feel calm and peaceful.
Boost the lighting.
Then there’s the lighting. If you have windows in your home office, position your workstation(s) to catch the sunlight that comes through. Natural light not only can do wonders for your productivity, it can also provide you with a good daily amount of vitamin D and yield many other health benefits.
Having other lighting is important as well, especially for working at nighttime. Get a quality desk lamp, and add any other lamps (e.g., floor, overhead, etc.) necessary to increase visibility.
If you run a home business, it’s essential to build a home office that you love. Remember to consider foreclosures if you’re buying a new home. Outfit your workspace with all the right equipment, be intentional in how you paint the walls, and make sure the office has plenty of natural and artificial light. Then, you’ll be ready to furnish and decorate your home office to truly make it your own.
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