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Carving Out A Space At Home For Your Office

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Something that freelancers enjoy most is being able to work from home. If you are a freelancer, or you are thinking of becoming one, then this might well be one of the things that attracted you to that kind of work in the first place. Of course, it’s not just freelancers, but also those who own their own home business. In any case, you will need to try and make sure you get it right, and one of the most important and first things you need to focus on is ensuring that you can carve out an office for your work. This is both a joy and a stressful endeavour, and you might feel that you need to try and plan ahead in order to get it right. In this article, we will help you with that planning, by looking at a number of the things that you might want to consider in order to make the most of it and end up with the perfect home office for you.

Build An External Space

It’s all about finding what space there is in your home and making use of that, and if you find that you are limited internally but have a lot of space outside, then you might be keen to try and make use of that outdoor space instead. There are many ways in which you can hope to build an external space from which you can work, and one of the simplest and easiest is to build a shed or outhouse which you can turn into your own office. This is an exciting project, but you should only start it if you are certain that you will be able to make it work. You need plenty of space, and you also need to make sure that you know how to go about building such a thing.

For a start, you might want to get a construction professional to help you plan it out, and to decide on what equipment and materials you are likely to need. There might be many things that you would not consider yourself, such as the question of excavator vs positrack, so you might want to think about asking them for that kind of thing. Then it’s just a case of ensuring you have a blueprint to work by, and following it. This is a satisfying way of having a home office, and it also provides you with a much easier means of keeping your business or freelance work separate enough from your home life, while still working at home.

Use A Spare Room

This is where most people begin, and for the vast majority of freelancers it is likely to be more than enough, even if it is not ideal. If you have a spare room in your home, any room at all, you should take a look at its dimensions and see whether it is the kind of space that you could easily turn into an office. You might be surprised at how little space you actually need, and that means that you should consider any spare room you might have going, or even something like a loft if you have one. All you will usually need is room for a desk, a computer, and a place to store files and so on. If you can find space for that stuff, you will be able to have an office there, so it’s absolutely vital to not overlook any part of your home just because you are not completely convinced it will be good enough.

Making Good Use Of The Space You Have

Whatever kind of space you can find, whether external or internal, you should do whatever you can to make good use of it as fully as possible. There are many things that you can do to make this a reality, and a good place to start is by focusing on how you can arrange storage in order to be as flexible as possible. Having furniture which doubles up as storage is a great start, as is ensuring that you do not have anything excess in that space. The more that you work on this, the more likely it is that you will be able to keep that space just for your business or freelance work, and not have it disturbed by items from the family home. That alone makes a huge difference to your experience, and you will find it is something you need to be aware of.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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