If you are one of the thousands of mums or dads who have taken the plunge and now work from home, chances are that your kitchen table is your office.
Yes, it’s also the place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee with friends, crumbs, dishes, junk mail and shopping bags. Let’s face it. The kitchen is a central area in any home, but what it isn’t, is an office.
By using the kitchen as your moneymaking abode, you are forcing yourself to pack up and stop working as soon as the kids are home and mealtime comes around. Put simply, it is unproductive and an extremely poor use of our limited time to have to lay everything out again come morning.
Not everyone has the space to dedicate a room in the house as a home office, but there are alternatives, and now is the right time to give yourself your first promotion.
Congratulations! The time has come to migrate from the kitchen table to your own desk.
So where should you put your new desk?
When setting up your new home office, OK, a desk with essentials, it is important to do it properly. It’s an exciting time. Don’t just grab any old trestle table, dining-room chair and a toy storage box for your documents.
Consider the location to ensure you are less prone to distractions and make sure everything works together. Occupational health and safety is just as important in a ‘real’ office as it is in your ‘home’ office.
It may be a corner of the room set-aside just for you, part of a garage or anywhere that works for you and your family.
What’s needed for a basic set up?
A comfortable chair: Your chair is best when it has an adjustable height and backrest option. When sitting all day you need to ensure you have the best support.
A practical desk: If space is limited, consider getting a local cabinetmaker to build you a custom desk. No, it doesn’t need to be expensive, but it can mean you can utilize an odd-corner of a room that is typically rendered useless. That way too it can be built exactly to the right height and have the right balance of inbuilt storage plus room for your legs.
Adequate lighting: Lighting is essential. Natural lighting is best however if not possible ensure what you have is reflection-free.
Storage: There are so many gorgeous stationary folders and boxes to choose from these days. Just make sure what you select is practical and can be put out of the way if need be. Invest in some basic shelving too to ensure your desk space is clear and clutter free.
Technology: Opt for wireless technology solutions. This includes broadband, and even your printer. Laptops are great for being portable particularly if you need to work away from your new office, however if you love your desktop PC stick with it.
There is no doubt that there are a lot of benefits to running a business from home. Working around your family commitments, saving time and money on commuting and being in the driver’s seat. You can even get away with staying in your pyjamas or if you need the extra motivation, a suit (with slippers).
Don’t forget to celebrate your promotion. Having a desk and working space that is all yours is a fabulous step in the right direction. Ok enough chitchat, back to work!