Learn tips for setting up a successful home office from this video designed to help ensure you have what you need to be productive and thrive while working from home.
- So I've been working remotely for over 10 years now and during that time I've probably had five to six iterations of some sort of home office. From a small corner table in the bedroom of a tiny shared apartment in San Francisco to a dedicated office with a standing desk when I moved to a house in the burbs. From my experience what a home office looks like really depends on your situation. Just as a bank doesn't look like an architect studio or an insurance office doesn't look like a start up, your working environment is now in your own hands and it's up to you to make it fit your work and your lifestyle.
So the most important aspect of your home office is having a quiet and productive space for you to get your work done. Escaping the corporate office is great but this is still work and you need to treat it as such. Sure spending more time at home with the kids, the dogs or the roommates might be a perk but those can be huge distractions. So make sure you have a private and quiet room where you can close the door if need be. Since you'll be spending lots of time in your office you also probably want to make sure your space is comfy.
I like to move around my house so for me comfy means having a makeshift standing desk, aka my dresser, a proper desk in my official home office, and one of my favorite places, the couch in my living room. And that's the beauty of working from home, you get to make it your own. Now what about all the equipment you're used to having around the office. Well some companies will supply you with all the gear you'll need. Some offer a stipend to pay for your choice of supplies and some require you to provide your own.
I recommend finding this out as early as you can. Speaking of, let's talk about the gear you'll need. The most crucial supplies consist of a strong internet connection, a computer and a phone. Some people like to have a stand along monitor to expand their screen real estate and a dedicated keyboard and mouse if you work from a laptop. Also it's really nice to have a good pair of headphones, particularly one with an attached mic for conference calls. And of course you get to choose your favorite pens and notebooks without worrying about them disappearing from your desk.
You'll be spending a lot of time in your home office so thinking about your desk and chair should be a priority. I have a standard chair but I also use a yoga ball chair to support posture. You can also invest in an adjustable height standing desk that allows you to switch things up. These can be expensive but you can often get great deals on Craig's List. One last note, if you'll be doing a lot of video conferencing it's a good idea to think about the lighting and background of your home office. You're literally inviting people into your home so try to think about how you present yourself.
These small considerations will really help and honestly it's whatever helps you stay comfy, healthy and productive. With so many choices out there you should have no trouble leaving the corporate office behind and piecing together a remote office set up that works for you.
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