The best perk of working from home is… working from home! Creating your home office is not only important for your work, but fun too. You should create a space that’s functional for you, and one that you really enjoy being in.
We’ve put together a list of things to consider when creating your perfect work space.
- Choose a style that makes you smile. You’re going to spend a lot of time in this space, you should love the way it looks. Choose colors that are professional, but which also make you feel good to be around. If you love modern decor, go wild with it. Want to work in a Mad Men-style space? You totally can. More of a vintage girl? That old world desk is completely appropriate.
- Consider noise when choosing a room for your office. If you have the space to choose between several rooms within your home for an office, make sure to consider the noise level you’ll be dealing with. We recommend choosing an upstairs room (basements are nice for sound, but not for light) that is a good distance away from your family’s most trafficked spaces. This space should be a nice getaway spot within your home where you won’t be disturbed by noise during conference calls.
- Wireless work. You’re going to need a great internet connection, so going up a level or two in your connection speed is a great choice.
- Company standards. Make sure you have all of the basic devices that you’d have access to in a regular office setting. A printer, scanner, cell phone or land line, pens, notebooks, and any specific tools you need to complete your work. These items are important, so keep them in stock.
- Inspiration stations. Having a whiteboard, chalkboard, or large cork board is a great way to keep all of your daily tasks in view. We love technology, but there’s something to be said for writing out your day-to-day to do lists and ideas for upcoming projects. If you want to make things really fun, paint on wall of your office with whiteboard or chalkboard paint.
- The perfect wall. Video calls are typically an important part of teleworking. We’re going to talk more about them in their own post… but part of setting up your home office is thinking about an employer’s view when they’re conferencing with you via video. Make sure the wall right behind your computer screen is professional and clean.
If you’re looking for more great tips on organizing your home office, check out this educational video series from Lynda.com online training. Instructor Suzanna Kaye goes through great tips for keeping your office in tip-top shape, and what applications you can use to boost your productivity. Check out one of the videos from the course below.
People are visual, and how you present yourself says a lot about you. Think of fun ways that you can display your assets as an employee through your office.