06 Jul How to Create your First Home Office
If you’ve just started working from home then you’ll know that it has offers many benefits. From the flexibility of setting your own schedule to saving time and money not commuting to work. One thing that you will learn about working from home is that to be successful you need a dedicated space to work. You will need to create an office space that promotes efficiency in a non-traditional work environment.
We’ve put together 10 tips to help you create your first home office:
Decide what are your office essentials
The first step when it comes to creating your home office is deciding what essentials need to be in there. There are certain basic pieces of furniture and equipment your office needs before you start working. From an office desk and chair, telephone, computer and multi-function printer through to specific items you need to do your job successfully.
Choose your space
Now you know what furniture and equipment is needed for your office this helps you determine how much space you need. Your office will be like your second home as you will be spending a lot of time there you want it to be a practical area. When deciding what room is suitable to turn into your office you want a room with plenty of space so you feel comfortable and not too cramped.
Embrace natural light
If your office has large windows that allow a generous amount of light in we suggest positioning your desk close to the windows. Most people have their office desk in the darkest corner of the room, but moving your desk closer to the window will allow you to benefit from the natural light shining in.
Plan your space
You can easily get carried away with what you want in your home office and without careful planning it can easily become cramped and overcrowded. As you know what is needed to go into your office take some time to organise everything so you maximise your space. If you have lots of paperwork that needs filing keep the vital items in your office and other pieces in separate storage solutions.
Choose an office desk that meets your needs
When it comes to choosing a desk for your home office there are a few things you need to think about. Consider what the desk will be primarily used for typing or writing, the size of the desk and not forgetting what you want the desk to look like.
The UCLIC desk range has been designed specifically for the home. We offer desk space and storage solutions in one attractive product, making it the ideal fit for your new home office. The range is available with 3 styles of leg, 16 colour options and numerous storage combinations so it can be customised to meet your needs.
Set up a separate phone line
Even though you’re working from home you are still running a professional business. Sharing your house phone can give customers the wrong impression of your business and they may question the legitimacy.
Invest in proper equipment
Investing in the right equipment for your home office is essential such as phones, computers and a multi-function printer. It can be tempting to purchase cheap key equipment and splurge on unnecessary items such as office décor. Spend your money on a good office desk with a proper workspace, a comfortable office chair that can provide support, computers with efficient performance and memory, a fast internet connection and any other equipment that is needed for your field.
Start formal processes and procedures in your home office
Introducing formal processing and procedures into your home office will ensure you maintain proper standards when it comes to completing certain documents.
Dedicated office hours
Flexibility is a key benefit of working for yourself in a home office. Working specific office hours helps both clients and family to know when you are and aren’t available. It also prevents you from working too many hours. Hanging up a clock in your office will help you keep track of time.
Make it personal
Make your workspace more comfortable by adding homely accessories such as family photos, personalised stationary and a comfy chair when you need a place to think and read this will allow you to feel more relaxed.
Home Office Desks from UCLIC
The UCLIC desk range has been designed specifically for the home making them the ideal desk for your home office. Offering desk space and storage solutions in one attractive product available in 3 styles of leg, 16 colour options and numerous storage combinations, it can be customised exactly to meet your needs.