Freelancing and telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular and many companies today allow their employees to work from home, too, so the number of people looking for ways to set up a comfortable and efficient home office is growing as the day goes by. Making sure that your home office has everything you need and is also a healthy work environment can be a daunting task, so here are some tips to make the process easier:
- Evaluate your needs – the items that you need in your office setup depend on your business activities, but you will probably need a desk for your computer, a comfortable and ergonomic chair, a printer with a scanner and standard office supply, such as printing paper, a stapler and a puncher, document trays, folders, maybe even a filing cabinet.
- Consider using space saving TV wall brackets to hang your monitor or TV.
- Choose the space right – try to pick a quiet area in the house, an area that gets as much natural light as possible. If you will meet clients in your home office, it might be a good idea to have an entire room for your business, preferably one close to the entrance;
- Protect your eyes – choosing the lighting that goes into your home office is essential for your health, so make decisions about the ideal light color and create layered lighting, with a central light source, a desk lamp and other task lights.