Imagine ditching the daily grind, working from home and getting down to business on your own terms: living the dream, right?
However, one of the most overlooked aspects of working from home is the importance of a designated office space.
After all, many remote workers don’t have the luxury of a dedicated home office and therefore must make do with the space that they already have. If you’re already in a cramped apartment or simply don’t have the square footage for a designated office, is your journey as a solopreneur sunk?
It takes a bit of creativity and some rearranging to make work, but it is possible to create a hybrid home office by understanding how to make the most of you space you already have.
Pick the Right Spot
In most cases, you have three options of meshing an existing space in your home to create an office environment:
- Your bedroom
- Your guest room
- Your living room
Each of these spaces has their distinct advantages and disadvantages. For example, you’re probably most prone to interruptions in your living room if your working hours aren’t confined to the daytime. Similarly, staying cooped up in your bedroom may make you feel a bit claustrophobic as you spend the bulk of your day in the same space.
Ideally, a home office can be placed in a guest room which often goes unoccupied most of the time anyway. This option provides you with the most space as you can invest in a stylish daybed and install a desk in a guest room without feeling cramped.
Make the Most of Your Storage
Considering that you’re going to need to take up as little space as possible, make sure you have storage options that allow for a compact working environment. Whether through home storage hacks such as hanging storage or Ikea-style cubes where you can hide your clutter, it’s important that you take up as little space as possible to give yourself some literal breathing room.
Designate a Space That’s Distraction-Free
Regarding the placement and design of your home office, bear in mind that one of the notorious productivity killer is distractions. Many stay at home workers sadly discover distractions after they’ve set up their office, so don’t make that mistake. Such distractions related to the placement and design of your office include:
Light – Make sure that you control the level of lighting in your room to your preference, either by investing in lamps or sun-blocking shades.
Noise – Noise most definitely impacts your productivity: if your desired office space is adjacent to a window or on the side of your home that faces a busy street or highway, you may want to rethink your placement.
Family – Likewise, you may want to have your office away from the kitchen or your kids’ rooms (think: high traffic areas of your home). Also, make it crystal clear to your family that your office space means serious business. In other words, it’s not a play area, nor is it somewhere where you should be disturbed.
Creating a hybrid home office just plain makes sense if you’re in a cramped space; however, you need to be both smart and selective when it comes to design and placement. Think of it this way: the sooner you get settled in your new space, the sooner you can get down to business.