This year we have seen a spike in people working from home, whether you run your own business or working remotely, you need to make sure you have a space to work comfortably and out of the way of distractions. It can be hard juggling family and work life and looking for ways to kit out your home office, so we have taken the load off you and listed below what you need for your new home office.
Whether it is just the corner of the room or a whole room, make sure it is separate from the rest of your living areas. You don’t want to feel like you are still at work when you try to relax in the evening. Provide adequate lighting and if possible position it near a window so you can allow in the fresh air and plenty of natural light. You can create a positive atmosphere in your home office with things like fun pictures or even some neon signs.
So starting on the most obvious thing you will need in your office, which is furniture. A standard desk and chair are fine, however, if you are going to be sitting in the same spot for long hours, then it might be worth investing in some ergonomic furniture. You want to protect your back and neck when sitting for long hours, so choosing the right furniture is a must. For optimal usage, choose a desk that you can raise and lower. It is always beneficial to be able to raise your desk up to a standing desk, as working at a standing desk can be good for your health, improving blood pressure, circulation, reduces back and neck pain and lowers the risk of heart disease. Alternate between sitting and standing throughout your working day. When sitting ensure you have a chair that supports your back and neck.
When kitting out your office with technology, there are many things you will need to consider. Starting with your computer, whether you are being supplied one from your employer or using your own, ensure it is set up correctly. Positioning is key to avoid creating neck pain and eye strain, ensure your computer is at eye level when sitting or using a standing desk. Also installing a blue light filter on your computer will help you not to strain your eyes. You don’t have to have the newest computer, but you do need to make sure that it is up to date with the latest software and has a sufficient level of anti-virus protection.
Another piece of technology you will need to think about is your phone system. This can be operated through the internet or through your landline. Do your research to figure out what will work best for you. Choose a phone system that is clear and easy to use, there are many different phone systems the Telecom Industry offer, so try and find which one will work best for your business.
We hope we have helped you in your journey into kitting out your new home office. If you’re a mum looking to start your own business, then check out 10 GREAT BUSINESS IDEAS FOR MUMS.