Almost one in four American workers are realizing the benefits of working from home, whether they’re remote employees or running their own small business. But setting up your home office isn’t without its challenges. For many of us, space is at a premium, there are endless distractions, and it can be hard to separate your professional life from your personal.
Read on for home office setup tips and inspiration on what works best for other small business professionals just like you.
Tips to Consider When Creating Your Home Office
Susan Fitzell, Author, Consultant, & Professional Speaker
I don’t sit well. I find that if I sit in my office, I become uncomfortable while working. As such, I struggle to write with focus, and I start to feel neck and back tension. I’ve learned that I need to alternately sit and stand during the day. I often start the day standing at a standing station in my office; then, I might move to a Pilates ball or a wobble chair that I can adjust for my standing station or for a traditional desk. Typically, by evening, I’m ready to sit and can adjust my monitor, remove the standing station and, voila, I can sit and work like most other people.
The Bottom Line: Home Office Setup Tips
For those of us who work from home, myself included, the benefits are great:
- We’re liberated from our desks
- Our morning commute is usually from our bedroom to our den or workspace
- Our office is wherever we make it — a café, library, or even on our travels
- We have the flexibility to set our own schedules and be more available for life’s demands — as long as we’re available for meetings and client commitments, of course.
As well, allowing staff to work remotely also has quantifiable benefits to a business’ bottom line. But the first step to ensuring that working from home benefits you and your business is to create a comfortable home office setup that minimizes distractions and maximizes productivity.