If you plan to work from home, you will need to dedicate some space for you to work from. Lucky home workers will be able to use a spare bedroom to create their own home office, but there’s no reason that you can’t squeeze a desk and a chair into your kitchen or living space if you have to. These spaces might be full of distraction, but at least if you carve out a space, it’s better than working in bed.
When you look at articles about home offices online, lots of them talk about bringing in plenty of natural light, organising your space with pretty folders and making your shelves look immaculate. However, for most home workers, especially those who won’t be entertaining clients from home, these frills simply aren’t a priority. Not only are they expensive, but it might be that as you set up your business, you simply don’t have time to be worrying about peripheral issues like these.
To begin with, every office needs the same basic things: a chair, a desk and a computer or laptop. That’s all. Sure, you can add in things as you go along like a filing system and storage space, but for now, for your first month or so, the basics will do until you start bringing some money in.
The Office Chair
You might not think that your office chair is that important, but it is at the top of this list for one reason: if you have to sit somewhere and concentrate, you must be comfortable. If you aren’t comfortable, you’re going to spend more time fidgeting than you are getting things done.
Office chairs are surprisingly vital to good work and your good health. Sitting in the wrong chair for hours on end isn’t going to do your back any good and could even result in you having to shell out for expensive physiotherapy to sort out the problems caused. Bad posture is the worst as it can put your muscles into spasm without you even realising it and the time it takes to get better is much longer than you have.
Even as a young business, it is worth investing in a good chair that will fully support your back and encourage good posture.
Once you have the most comfortable, all day working chair you can find, the next step is to find a desk that will work for you and for the space you have. Trying to fit an enormous desk into your busy kitchen might be a squeeze too far, but then again, you will need space for your computer and a cup of coffee at least.
The height of your desk is another thing to take into consideration. There’s no point in getting the perfect chair if you are then forced to lean over because the desk is too low. If you happen to find a perfect desk, just fractionally too low, you could try using a book or two raise your keyboard and screen to the best position, or alternatively, you could put some blocks underneath the desk to raise the whole thing.
The Computer or Laptop
Whether you choose a computer or a laptop depends on whether you plan to take your work out with you. Perhaps you will go and visit clients at their offices, or maybe every once in a while, the lure of the coffee shop gets too much and you relocate for a chai latte or two.
The most important factor when choosing either a laptop or computer is the processing speed. You need to be able to set up and get to work immediately as well as be able to switch between programs quickly and load internet pages at speed. You might think that your old laptop is trundling along fine, but even waiting just a couple of seconds extra every time you open a new website will add up fast.
Once you have chosen and installed your machine, you should have a play about with the screen settings. Adjusting the brightness to the optimum for you will help to reduce instances of eyestrain, meaning that you will suffer fewer headaches. If you are using two screens, make sure that you can see both easily and can flick from one to the other without any trouble.
With these three basic items covered, you are now more than welcome to splash out on some expensive stationary, shelves and a motivational poster or two. Or, you could just get straight down to business. Your choice!