There is a growing number of individuals who are working out of their homes either as small business owners or being allowed to do so by their current employers at least some of the time. As a result of this, there is an increased interest in the components that make up a home office and the way in which those things need to be set up. These components, and how they fit together in your home office, contribute greatly to your effectiveness and productivity while working from home.
The first thing that must be determined is the location of the home office. This could be a space dedicated solely to an office, such as an extra room in the house. Or it could be a part of another room, such as a corner office in the living room, or den area. Whatever the case may be, make sure that this space would give you plenty of room to do the work that you need to do and have enough room to store files and other necessities.
Once the location of the home office is determined, you need to get a desk that will fit your needs and the area you have chosen to function as your office. There are a wide variety of desks available on the market today and many different places to find them. If your office is located in a room used for other purposes (i.e. living room, den, etc.), then something as simple as a corner desk might work well for you. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant; it just has to be functional for your needs. The thing that you must do in order to find the right desk for your home office needs is to make sure that there is enough desktop space for your needs. If you require a lot of things on your desktop (i.e. computer, telephone, storage, etc.) then you want the desktop to be large enough to hold all of those things without looking or feeling cluttered.
If you are going to be working any number of hours at a time at your desk, a high quality chair will be a great investment. This is not something that you want to go the cheap route on. A quality desk chair will support your back properly and still be comfortable. As a result, the hours you spend working won’t take quite as much of a toll on your physical or mental well-being. One thing to consider: you don’t want a chair to be so comfortable that you feel like falling asleep in it instead of working. There are also plenty of places to shop around in order to find a great desk chair for your home office and you are very likely to get a great deal at any of them.
Storage space in a home office is a definite must have. You will need enough space to store your supplies that you will be using on an everyday basis, as well as a place to store those files that you will need access to in the course of your workday. A couple filing cabinets, a bookcase and desk drawers will work great for a basic home office. If you have a greater need for storage, you can always add more filing cabinets or drawers, if needed and you have enough space in your home office. This is an area where you can get creative and make more storage space. If there is a closet nearby, try hanging some shelves or storing a few filing cabinets inside to give you more storage space without making the office look cluttered. Also, try hanging some shelves on the wall above your desk and use some decorative boxes to store things in such as http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/11496/”>these from Ikea. The possibilities are endless.
Lighting is another essential to have in an effective home office. When reading or working on a project, you must have lighting that is adequate for the situation so that you are not straining your eyes to see what you are doing. Enough lighting will also improve your effectiveness. If you have ever tried working in a place that is a little darker, you have probably started getting sleepy or at least felt like relaxing instead of getting your work done. Find a few lamps or overhead lighting that will work for your space and your needs.
Computer and Printer
In today’s technological society, a computer is something that every home office needs. The type of computer, however, will vary greatly depending on the type of work you do and many other factors. For the majority of individuals working from home, a basic computer that will do the tasks of any office computer will work just fine. The minimum you need is a computer that will easily connect to the internet and perform basic tasks such as word processing, data entry, spreadsheet design, database management, e-mail, and schedule management. If your work is more complex, like that of a web designer or graphic artist, then the computer would definitely need to be equipped to handle a much heavier work load. A good printer is also essential for printing out the work that you have produced to send out to customers or colleagues. An all-in-one printer is a great investment because it can do basic printing, scanning, and copying which is great for any home office environment.
A Personal Touch
This is an area that often is overlooked while setting up a home office space, but it is essential, in my opinion. Each office space needs a personal touch. Put up pictures of your family, friends, or anything else that is special to you. Post inspirational quotes on a bulletin board or wall over your desk. All of these things will encourage you and inspire you to do your best and will remind you what you are working for.
This is, in now way, not an extensive list of the things needed in a home office, but is a great starting place for understanding some of the essentials for an effective workspace inside the home and a few of the things that should be considered when setting up a home office.