So you’ve decided to set up your own business and want to work from home. What is the first thing you need to do (other than a business plan)? If you have an idea of what you want your business to be then the vital next step is to set up a home office – somewhere you can work without the stresses and distractions of everyday home life.
Why You NEED a Home Office
Of course the best thing about having your own business and working from home is the freedom to work how you want to, when you want to, and on whatever project you want. Starting a work-from-home business is the first step to a self sufficient career, but it is important that you have a place you can work to your maximum potential.
As you know, as soon as you sit down and try to relax in your home something happens that makes you get back up again; the phone rings or the laundry is ready. These little distractions can end your dreams of a home business straight away: imagine the same scenario but instead of trying to relax you’re instead on a business call with a client or trying to place a very important stock order.
It is the most basic necessity of a successful work-from-home career that you have a place that is cut off from all of the things that will get in the way of what you want to accomplish – you NEED a home office before you can start getting serious and finally working for yourself in something you love to do.
What Makes a Successful Home Office?
There are some simple rules that you need to think about when setting up a home office. Remember that it’s not just about the space you use but also about how you use it.
1 – Stay Professional
The attraction of working from home may be than you can wear whatever you want and not shower for days – you don’t actually have to see anyone so why should it matter? Always remember ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ – your work output will be so much better and to such a higher standard if you dress professionally rather than not dress at all. Think about what you would do if you were in the same position a few years down the line or if a client wants a spur of the moment business meeting. Are you going to go to work everyday in sweatpants and your favourite jumper?
2 – Keep Active & Move
While an everyday job may not require a lot of movement, a work at home job requires even less. At least when you work in an office you have to get up every day and commute there. This might be a factor in why you’ve decided to start your own business but it isn’t healthy to move from your bed to your office with very little transition. This links to point one – if you feel good and healthy on the outside, you’re going to see the benefits in your output.
3 – Keep Organised
If you have started your own business and your working on your own then you NEED to stay on top of everything. Without a boss, you are responsible for everything you do; you’re the CEO, CFO, financial department, media department, communication department and housekeeping. There’s a lot to keep track of and you need a system to make sure things don’t go wrong.
4 – Don’t Become a Recluse
Always keep social! While you might think friends and family are the distractions mentioned above, bear in mind that still need feedback from the world. Of course stay concentrated on your job when you need to, but don’t let your business take over your personal life. Set boundaries and time frames – you wouldn’t stay at your desk job from 7 am to 10 pm so why would you do it at home?
If you keep these simple pointers with you, there’s nothing stopping you from accomplishing your goals and having a super successful business in the future. A home office can really set you apart from other people with the same idea and can help you ensure that you get what you deserve.
Here’s some tips about how to design your home office.