The actual goal of incorporating an office into your home is to ensure that you will be more productive, either that or you would like to look fancy and busy. Whatever your reason you need to ensure that you will create an office that looks professional and that will make you super creative and productive when stepping into it.
Here are some things that you should avoid doing when designing your own home office:
1. Don’t Just Jump Into The Buying Process.
We all love to shop and it’s even more fun when you get to spend recklessly, but when it comes to your office you might want to reconsider as office furniture and equipment can be very expensive and can take up a lot of space. You might want to look at used furniture before deciding that you must have everything brand new.
It is very important to have a plan so you will know exactly what you need, what the size of the furniture should be and what you will be doing in your office. If you plan on using your office to escape from your family you might want to incorporate a TV somewhere, or if you plan to use your office for work only, you will have to ensure that the distractions form the rest of the house will be minimal and that you will be able to concentrate on your work.
2. Your Office Should Be For You Only
When telling your family about your big plans to create an office in the spare room refrain from promising your children that they will be able to play computer games in there whenever they want! Also don’t turn your office into another room for the children by putting video games, toys and play pens in there. Even though that might be a good idea for when you really need to work and no one else is at home to take care of the kids, refrain from making this a permanent fixture. Your office should be your space where you can relax and focus on work. Having children around at all times will turn your perfectly designed office into another playroom.
3. Work Out A Budget And Try Your Hardest To Stick To It
Having a design and layout for your office in mind means that you want end result to look like the plan you had; this however will be impossible if you don’t stick to a budget. Office equipment can be expensive and making use of furniture hire companies or buying used furniture will make your money go a long way. You might even have some money left to set up a playroom for the children so they will stay out of your office!
4. Keep Office Equipment Separate From Home Equipment
Do not use the home phone as your office phone as well; this could seem really unprofessional when a potential client calls and your four year old answers. If possible have another computer somewhere in the house that is for the whole family. If you don’t have enough money for two computers then ensure that you have privacy settings on your computer so you won’t lose any work.