Quick Tips to Set Up a Professional Home Office
Many workplaces are opting out of the traditional space in lieu of remote, home-based offices. There are many reasons for this, but some employers look at it as a tremendous cost saving that also results in a happy and productive workforce. Whether you are one of those lucky work-from-home folks or if you run your own business, here are a few little quick tips to make sure your workspace leads you to success.
The comfort of your own home can lend a more casual environment, but it's imperative to hold up a professional appearance when working from home. Background noise when on a conference call or virtual meeting is not acceptable. Having a designated work space that is separate from your home space will help to balance work and your personal life. Soundproofing, as well, is an excellent solution, especially if you need to tune out a barking dog or squealing children.
Sound dampening is becoming a requirement for modern families, so if you have the opportunity to re-insulate your home or office space, sound-proofing insulation is an excellent choice. Stone wool insulation, for example, is a top choice for professional recording studios. This material is an excellent acoustic barrier that actually absorbs the sound. For homeowners, retailers point to a performance tested product called Roxul Safe 'n' Sound mineral wool insulation. It provides higher sound absorption against low frequency (bass) ranges that other types of insulation struggle to block.
Investing in the right home office equipment is another key to success. Consider your office needs when purchasing equipment. Don't get caught up in the décor, but focus on the functionality. A good desk with adequate storage is necessary, as well as a separate phone system (from your home) and updated computer equipment and software. Ensure you have everything you would have in a business office.
Establishing office hours will help to keep you on track. Setting boundaries so family and friends don't interrupt you will keep you on point and productive. But don't forget to network. Working from home can be isolating, so make sure you make time to meet face-to-face with colleagues or clients. This balance will make the whole “working from home” a rewarding experience.