Posted by Marie Presti on 11/1/2020

The number of American employees who work from home, at least part of the time, is increasing year after year. Some 38% of Americans say they’re currently able to work from home at least one day a week, and that number is set to continue increasing.

Working from home can pose a few problems, however. Notably, trying to find a place within your home where you can sit down in peace and get to work.

In today’s article, we’re going to talk about home office design. So, whether you’re working from home full-time, part-time, or just want a quiet place to go over the bills in the evening, so can ensure you have the best possible environment to be productive in.

The balance between focused and comfortable

Ideally, a home office is a place that is well-lit, distraction-free, and minimal in decor. However, each of us has our own process when it comes to being productive.

So, when planning your office, it’s important to choose a style that will help you work but will also make you want to spend time in the room.

Lighting conditions

Another trait of a home office that is largely dependent on your work-preferences is the lighting quality. This covers anything from the lights you use to the windows, curtains, and even the color of your walls.

If you’re the type of person who could easily fall asleep in a dimly-lit room, it’s probably a good idea to choose a bright paint color and ample lighting. This is especially true for people who find themselves spending long hours in the evening.

Decorating your office

Now that you’ve determined what type of home office you need, let’s think about how you’re going to furnish it.

The key here is to minimize distractions. A television is probably a bad idea. But, quiet music playing on your laptop or headphones could help you focus.

In terms of decorations, a good design principle to go by is that you should decorate with a few large items rather than several small items. This will help you prevent the room from feeling cluttered.

Set yourself up for organizational success

When you envision an office, you probably picture file organizers, paper clip holders, notepads, and countless other office-related tool and accessories.

However, if you tend to do most of your work on your computer, odds are those things will just get in your way.

Instead of filling up your cart at Staples, think about the type of work you’ll be doing in your home office and purchase only what you need. This will help you stay organized and help you from losing documents and losing time trying to find those documents.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to start creating your home office haven of productivity. Be sure to check out my other posts for more tips and advice.






Posted by Marie Presti on 9/1/2019

Today's work culture allows for many jobs and positions to work from home full or part-time. Creating a freelance business for yourself is possible more now than ever. It can give you the opportunity you need to take charge of your career or support your efforts to start a new company. But, if you haven't worked from home before you may not have experience in setting your own schedule, managing clients directly and maintaining a comfortable work-life balance. Here are some suggestions to help you set yourself up for success.

Set a schedule and stick to it

.One of the joys of freelance work is being able to determine your schedule. Once you gain experience working for yourself you will able to change your plan when something comes up, a client needs something on the fly, or there's a social activity you want to attend. When you first embark on your new work-lifestyle, it is essential to stick to a schedule to help you create the best habits to support your business. Determine what your office hours will be and spend the first 6-months sticking to those hours. During that time take notes of your busiest times of day, when you receive calls or emails the most and how the schedule you initially set up fits with the typical deadlines of your clients. After you've tried working from home for some time, you can examine your notes and adjust your schedule accordingly. You'll see where you can be flexible, when you need to send calls to voicemail and when you have the best time and mental space to allow for maintaining client relationships. 

Get up each day like you’re going to an office.

It might feel luxurious at first but rolling out of bed and immediately starting to work in your pajamas can very quickly have a negative impact on your motivation and productivity. It becomes comfortable to sleep and push your start time because you don't have to get ready. You might not get out of the house to meet clients because you aren't dressed to go out. As with your new schedule, every morning get up, shower and get dressed just like you would for an office job. Taking this time in the morning helps you mentally prepare for the day and get into work mode. Bonus — you can save a bit on hair product or makeup. A fresh shower and clean face will help you be bright and bushy tailed to start the day, finishing touches on hair or makeup can wait until you know you’ll need to meet with a client that day. 

Find your best place to work. 

Depending on your situation you may not have a designated home office or space for one. Try working in different areas of your home, the dining table, kitchen counter or living room. If you find distraction in any of these spots, you may need to locate space in your home to designate for your home office to keep you focused. Even in small interiors, there are creative ways to design your home office space. You might find that although your skillset and personality function well-doing freelance, you don't enjoy working at home or have a difficult time motivating yourself when completely alone at your house. Try working at a coffee shop or joining a co-work space. Working around other freelancers and entrepreneurs can increase your motivation and create opportunities for you to network and meet new clients or partners. Many freelancers work well designating some hours of work from home and some from a community space.

To make the most of your new work-life take the steps above to set yourself up for success. If you're moving into a new area or looking at new homes work with your agent to find a perfect place that allows you to create a home office for yourself. Speak with them about communal working environments near the neighborhoods you’re considering to build in opportunities for you to engage with other freelancers like you.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 1/15/2012

With the recent growth in telecommuting, home offices are also becoming a necessity rather than a luxury. Home buyers are looking for a place where they can work, a place to pay bills or simply surf the net. Investing in a home office will help you now and may pay off later. Have you always dreamed of a home office? Do you have an office that is overrun with papers? A home office is usually the place where junk finds its home. Getting that room into a place where organization is king can be easier than you think. Implementing an organizational system that has you working in peace with everything at your fingertips is easy if you follow these simple tips. 1. Choose the space. Think of all the things that you'll need to work comfortably in your home office. You want to make sure the space will allow for your desk and chair and anything else you will need in your office. 2. Organize your space. Part of organizing means decluttering. If you have three staplers, six pairs of scissors you will need to get rid of anything extra. Clutter is very distracting and reduces efficiency. Identify a space for all the necessities. You need to identify a place for the printer, file cabinet, reference books and supplies. 3. Schedule the date and time for your office organization. Set aside a specific time and date to plan your space. If you have lots of files and file cabinets, make a decision on how much you want to get done in the initial session. You may need to plan several dates to complete the whole task. 4. Reorganize. Clean and organize your office at the end of each day. It will only take a few minutes and keep you on track to staying organized. Plan on reorganizing your office every three months or so. By planning your home office space and getting it organized you'll enjoy it more. Your work will be better, you'll appreciate being at home, and you'll have the perfect place to work--your home. Now focus on success!







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