Starting your own business is an exciting venture! Working for yourself has many rewards. However, you will probably need to have some sort of home office at some point to do the necessary paperwork and keep your business files in one place. Having a stylish and comfortable home office is always a bonus. But where do you start?
According to the Office for National Statistics 4.8 million people were self-employed in 2017. This equates to 15.1% of our labour force! With more people choosing to work from home we thought we would put together some ideas for finding home working solutions, irrespective of the type of property you live in. Here are our suggestions to allow you to run your own business from home:
This is an obvious choice (if you have a spare room) as it is a cost-effective solution to a home office. However, it is important to get the balance right between a welcoming guest room and your everyday workspace. Well, we think that you don’t have to compromise on style to achieve this.
Neutral colours are welcoming for your guests and a great calming ‘thinking space’. The psychology of colour impacting on your mood is proven so do think carefully about trying to work in an all-red room! You may find you’re are not as productive as you need to be! Blues and greens are considered calming and yellow is supposed to ‘grab attention’.
Sofa beds and futons can add much needed space during the day but still afford a comfortable option for your guests.
Clever storage can keep all your papers and computer stylishly stored when necessary and can even co-ordinate with bedroom storage. Ikea have some stylish and affordable solutions for this. Such as these http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/storage-furniture/shelving-units-systems/.
Using cohesive colours and styles in your home office, you can create a sleek and comfortable working space AND guest room quickly and easily!
Don’t have a spare room? Well, no fear, if you live in a house you will have a set of stairs. This area is usually used for coats and/or home storage area. Although, with a small amount of work you can redesign this area into a comfortable and functioning workspace.
Make sure you get the lighting right. You will, effectively, be facing a wall! A combination of general and task lighting will be required. A high quality task light is essential for productivity and motivation. Daylight is always the best light to work in so do try to keep as much natural light in the space as possible.
For inspiration, we suggest you take a look at Pinterest. There are some cost effective and beautiful ideas for you to crib. But if you don’t have Pinterest we like Rilane’s ideas http://rilane.com/home-office/15-smart-under-stairs-home-office-designs/
Alcove and corner offices.
If you are living in a small space it is still very possible to create a comfortable home office in your living room. All you need is a corner or alcove to do so! We love Realhomes article on this https://www.realhomes.com/advice/alcove-office-desk-how-to
As you can see, you don’t have to compromise on style and it doesn’t have to cost the earth to do this!
With all of the suggestions above you may wish to rent a virtual office. This will allow you to have your post and parcels sent to a professional address without you having to be at home to collect. It also allows you to keep your address confidential from your clients, which can be extremely important if you work alone. At A-Storage, Bournemouth, we have virtual offices from as little as £30 for three months so do come and talk to us if this is an attractive option for you.
We also have meeting room hire from £12 per hour in Bournemouth – this includes all refreshments and VAT. So, you can see clients, interview staff or have business meetings in a private area away from your home!
With the above tips we feel confident you will create a great home office and working space in no time!
Need storage while you create your home office? We hire storage units in Bournemouth for as little as £25 pcm!