Home offices are all the rage these days. And with good reason: in this Internet age, with changing dynamics, more professionals are choosing positions that allow flexibility, convenience, the opportunity to design their own “perks,” and the option to work from home.
According to the Freelancer’s Union, “53 million U.S. workers are now freelancing” from the comforts of their own space.
Working from home affords many benefits for today’s workers--- less stress, less travel time, fewer travel-related expenses, and more quality time spent with family members.
A HOME OFFICE CAN ENHANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE
To make the most of working from home, a dedicated space is important.
It can increase productivity, allow for greater organization, accommodate clients, and provide an environment that contributes to greater success. An added bonus here is that a home office has certain tax benefits.
So, if you’re in the market for one, or have been setting up shop at your local Starbucks or the nearest coffeehouse, it’s time for a change.
WITH THIS IN MIND, HERE ARE 6 TIMELY TIPS TO CREATING A HOME OFFICE YOU’LL LOVE:
1. CHOOSE THE "WRITE" SET-UP
A home office can be as small as a corner attic space or as big as a master bedroom.
It all depends upon your spacial considerations, your business needs, and your personal preferences. For optimal results, choose a room that offers a good degree of privacy, minimal noise, and space for basic equipment like a copier, fax machine, desk and chair.
2. CAPTURE THE RIGHT COLORS
Did you know that certain colors have a psychological affect on our thoughts and moods?
For example, green is associated with growth, wealth and vitality. Red is associated with energy. White depicts faith and purity. Get the picture here? Choose a color that resonates with your personality and reflects an image you’d like to portray.
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Mix business with pleasure. Combine quality furniture with bold, unique artwork, fun lamps, personal trinkets, awards of achievement, pretty framed photos of your family or favorite places you’ve traveled.
If you’re an avid reader, books provide a nice “scholarly” touch as well.
4. CONSIDER ADDING PLANTS
Bringing a bit of nature indoors adds warmth to your décor. Plants also improve the air quality in your home. Choose a low maintenance variety like Spider Plants and Lucky Bamboo.
5. ENHANCE IT WITH SOME FENG SHUI PRINCIPLES
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese practice of aligning your home’s design with the correct placement of furniture to achieve proper balance and energy flow.
Read more about the various techniques and practices here:
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Don’t be intimidated by the process. Take the time to try on “different looks” before you arrive at a final decision. Take pictures at various stages, take note, reflect and assess. What colors work well together? Does your new office look crowded? Can you find things easily? Does the look inspire you? Is it suitable for clients? Comfortable?
Is it a positive reflection of your personal identity?
These are things to consider.
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Follow these timely tips to create a home office that “works” and that’s attractive, functional and uniquely you.
Because “there’s no place like home.”
Unless otherwise noted...
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