Three Tips to Organize Your Home Office

Posted By admin on December 5th, 2013

How To Organize Your Home Office

How To Organize Your Home Office

Your home office should be a place that offers you solitude and makes you work uninterrupted with passion and enthusiasm. However, if not properly organized, instead of offering you work-environment bliss, it will turn into stress and a distraction generating machine. Today, I will discuss three simple steps you can take to organize your home office.

Location – Your home office should ideally be somewhere with less home traffic, for example, away from the kitchen or living room. However, for many this may not be an option if you live in a small space. You can use portable wall dividers, partitions, screens, etc. If your room offers you an outside view, for some being able to look out the window or glass wall during work means more productivity. For others, it may be exactly the opposite. So set up your home office in such a way that it does not interfere with your natural rhythm to become productive.

Better Tools Offer Better Productivity – You should invest in ergonomically suitable furniture, high quality computers, monitors, lighting, and other necessary equipment you require for your home office. These may cost you more initially, however the output that comes from a comfortable and well-equipped workstation will pay off in the long run.

Minimalism – Like every other aspect in life, being minimalistic offers advantages as well when it comes to your home office. A home office full of clutter and unnecessary furniture can cut down your productivity significantly. I remember when I had 2 big screen monitors (occupying two computer desks) in my home office because I thought it looked cool. Once I got rid of one monitor and desk, I felt much better with more space increasing my productivity in the end. Get rid of all your clutter and things you never need, keep things in their place, manage all files, cables, and wires properly, and see how your productivity can shoot up.

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Work at Home Trend Is On The Rise, Even Among Non-Entrepreneurs

Posted By admin on May 21st, 2012

Employees Are Catching Up With Entrepreneurs On Working At HomeEmployees Are Catching Up With Entrepreneurs On Working At Home

In the past, it was thought that working at home was a luxury that could only be afforded by entrepreneurs. However, in the post-industrial economy, a greater numbers of paid employees are choosing to work at home. Due to the availability of technology and the increasing popularity of working at home, more employers are offering the option to work at home than ever before.

I was looking for some stats to illustrate this trend. The most reliable I was able to find is a publication by Stats Canada made available in 2010. Let’s look at some numbers:

Self-employed people working at home in 2000 = 1.4 million

Self-employed people working at home in 2008 = 1.8 million

Percentage of the workforce working at home in 2008 = 11.2%

Percentage of people who are working at home and employees = 48%

Percentage of people who are working at home and entrepreneurs = 52%

More university graduates (22%) are working at home than high school graduates (7%).

More male employees (29%) worked at home than female professionals (19%).

More self-employed females (67%) are likely to work at home than males (56%).

City employees are more likely to work at home than those who live outside a city.

Source: Working at Home: An Update

Now, if you are an entrepreneur and already working from home, you are well aware of the advantages of working at home. If you are an employee and would like to work from home, talk to your manager or HR dept. regarding work at home opportunities provided by your company. If you would like to search for work from home jobs, enter these keywords in your search enquiries: “work at home”, “part time”, “work from home”, and so on.

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Tips To Make Your Home Office Successful

Posted By admin on April 11th, 2010

Tips To Make Your Home Office Successful Home Office Tips

As an entrepreneur, you are taking your future into your own hands and making yourself successful. Of course, being successful is not as easy as one would think. There is a great amount of things that need to be done to make it happen and it begins when you start out in a home office with no employees. So, what are some tips to make yourself successful in your home office?

 

  1. One of the most important things to do is to separate your home office from the rest of the house. This does not mean you have to be in a shed outside the house, but it does mean that your work stays within your office at all times. You do not want your work moving into the living room, kitchen or anywhere else in the home. Keep your work space separate by keeping your work there. This will help you work more because you will feel as though you are actually going to work when you get in your home office.
  2. Establishing hours for work is very important. The great thing about working from home is that you can set your own hours. If you work better from 5 p.m. to midnight, work those hours. If you want more typical work hours, then work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Just make sure that your work hours are set and you stick with them. You can even take time for lunch and breaks so that it feels like you are working.
  3. Going into your home office in pajamas can feel good but it will give your brain trouble as it tries to figure out if you should be working or relaxing. Keep things professional in your home office by keeping the phone off, keeping from browsing the internet and dressing in a casual manner that would be good for an office.
  4. Decorate your office in any way that makes you feel comfortable. You need to be professional with your décor, but at least you can put up things to make you smile throughout the day. Also try and choose an office that has good lighting because this will help you enjoy your day more and help you feel as though you are in a happy place when you work. The happier you are the better work you will do and the more you will get done. Having a comfortable chair, soft music and nice pictures can help. Another thing that can help is having a lot of space in your office. You don’t work in a cubicle anymore, so why feel like you are at home?
  5. Set up a phone line for your business. You do not want your family answering business calls with “Hello?” You should be answering the phone with “Good morning, <company name>, How May I Help You?” This is professional and it will impress clients who call you. You also won’t have to compete with family members for the phone line, which is very important.

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