Congratulations on your decision to work from home. The first step to running a successful home business is to get the business up and running. To do that you will need a home office. Assuming you already have a room in mind and have the essentials, like a desk, computer and office supplies, it’s time to think about the layout of home office.
Doors: According to the principles of Feng Shui your desk should always face the door, as this is believed to bring you luck. Even if you don’t believe in Feng Shui, facing the door is always a good option as it allows you to see if someone enters your office. If placing the desk facing the door is not possible, hanging a mirror on the wall opposite the door so you have a view of the door is the next best thing. Consider the door placement carefully before arranging your office.
Lighting: Adequate lighting is essential in the home office. If your primary work includes working on a computer, it is important that light from windows does not reflect off your computer screen. The best way to eliminate glare from the window is to place your desk adjacent to the window. When the view from the window includes trees and other natural features, it is thought to enhance your creativity.
Window Coverings: Attractive window coverings can be used either to cut down glare from the sun or to conceal an unpleasant view. Choose fabric that portrays professionalism and nix those cute little polka dots, unless fashion design is part of your business. According to Moshells, a respected online home décor site, medium or heavy weight curtains should be two to two and a half times the width of the window while sheers should be three times the width. Curtains should fall just below the window frame.
Plants: Adding a plant or two to your home office brightens the area and helps keep the air clean, too. Choose plants according to their lighting needs. While some plants, such as spider plants thrive in bright indirect light, pothos thrives in low-light conditions.
Communication: Telephone lines, printers and other communication devices don’t need to take up a lot of space, but you do need access to them. Tuck power cords behind furniture and position equipment so that it is easy to reach.
Storage: Whether you choose a filing cabinet or decorative shelving, storage is vital to your success. Think about the services you provide and how you will store projects and supplies.
Personal Touches: While your home office should reflect your business goals and commitment to success, don’t be afraid to add personal touches. Framed photos of family or pets, artwork on the walls or a knick-knack or two helps to create a work space that is both comfortable and productive.