Are you ready to say goodbye to your typical cubical office at your nine to five job? Ready to take your career into your own hands? You’re not alone; the home office is on the rise!
As society progresses it has become known that typical office environments kill creativity. People who love experimenting and are born artists or creative thinkers often have difficulty fitting into an office routine. Instead, they prefer dictating their own work schedule.
Freelancing is a profession which is taking over the world rapidly. Freelancers set their own principles and are free to execute their unique ideas. You don’t always need an office with a staff of hundred people to create something great or impactful. Sometimes you just need to have a unique idea and space where you can work like a mad scientist to bring it to life.
To get you started on your journey as a sole trader we’ve included 5 tips for creating a perfect home office below.
Set aside a specific room
If you are going to be working from home you need a specific office space. Choose a room in a quiet corner of the house so that you can concentrate on your ideas. The quiet will also be helpful in case you have to attend virtual meetings, and need space away from distracting noises.
You’ll also want your office space to be in top shape so that it inspires you. Why not hire a local painter and decorator and paint the office in your favourite colour?!
Have good internet connection
If you’re going to work from home you need a fast and reliable internet connection. You’ll be doing everything online from attending meetings to submitting assignments. So, you don’t want to waste your precious minutes because of a bad connection. High-speed internet will ensure you can do the work smoothly and efficiently.
From a printer to pens, keep your office well stocked with equipment. Working from home does not mean that you create a very “casual” environment. If you want to keep yourself motivated, imitate the environment of a real office. Re-fill the printer’s ink and carry an extra pen, don’t let forgetfulness or laziness hinder your work.
Follow a schedule
Wake up on time and get dressed, set a schedule for yourself and work in the hours when you’re most productive. Following a timetable will keep you motivated to work on time and also give you a few good hours for recreation.
Organise the office
You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you just have a few minutes left for a meeting and can’t find the right file. Rather than throwing away your things all over the place, hire a handyman to install shelves which will help you to keep things tidy. Keeping everything in reach will save you time in the long run.
While working from home takes a bit more discipline at first, by following our tips and being organized, you’ll be surprised at how productive you are!