Working from home is becoming more and more popular as cloud-based jobs become more widely available. One problem that many stay-at-home workers faces is finding a suitable area where they can be productive and make money. Fortunately, creating this space doesn’t have to be difficult, and it is possible no matter what size home you live in.
A spare room as a home office
If you have a spare room that you can convert to a home office, you can easily have one of the best spaces for working from home. According to Life Set Go, an ideal space for a virtual assistant is a room with a locked door. This advice holds true for almost work-from-home job, especially if you have children. The lock on the door can save you from embarrassing and untimely interruptions.
Because this home office is your dedicated workspace, you can decorate it in a manner that works best for you. Generally, bright colors like blues, reds and yellows are conducive to a creative job, such as writing or graphic design. For jobs that are analytical, like accounting and data management, dark green and maroon are more conducive to getting work done. No matter what your job or what color you choose as your base color, make sure that you choose a contrasting color for the trim work, as this will help to break up the monotony of the work.
When you are planning how you will place your furniture in your new home office, take the position of the door and the windows into account. You don’t want your back facing the door of the room, as this will make it difficult to see someone who comes into your office. If you ever have to have a client meeting in your home office, this would be awkward. If the door and window are opposite of each other, consider positioning your desk in a corner that is near the window, as you can enjoy looking outside and you can still see the door while you work. Add two chairs for visitors, as well as personal touches and a bookcase to give your home office a professional appearance.
A common room workspace
People who don’t have a spare room don’t need to worry, as it is possible to create a suitable workspace in a common room. If you have a corner where you can set up a small desk put up a screen partition to mark your workspace. A fabric partition or screen is ideal, as you can use the material to hold up a paper calendar or planner by using double stick tape.
Even working from the sofa or a recliner is possible if you plan properly. Make sure that the sofa or recliner is comfortable and as ergonomic as possible. If you need to personalize your space, get a small lap desk or a rolling desk. You can paint it in your favorite color. Since you will only be using it when you work, you don’t have to worry about it matching the room’s décor.
No matter where you have to work when you work from home, try to make your workspace an area that suits your personality. When you are comfortable in your workspace, you are more likely to be productive.