6 Quick Tips for Setting Up a Workspace for Your Home Business

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Are you thinking about starting a home-based business? While there are many advantages to running a company out of your home, it requires a lot of preparation and a drive to stay motivated on a daily basis. For example, one of the first things you must do is choose a business structure such as an LLC, which entails selecting a business name that no one else is using. And before filing for an LLC, you must learn about your state’s filing fees and requirements.

Then there’s your workspace. Some people assume that people who work from home can just work on the bed, on the couch, or in the outdoor living area. While you technically have the freedom to do so, you will quickly realize the need for a proper workspace that helps you stay honed in on your tasks. That’s why we’ve provided six practical tips for creating a workspace that can help you succeed in your home business.

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1. Pick a location

Where you choose to put your office will make a big difference in whether or not you can minimize distractions and stay focused. The best places for a workspace are in a spare bedroom, a basement, a garage, or any other place that provides a physical boundary between your work and home life. You’ll also want to consider the layout of your home office to ensure that the space you choose will provide enough room for all your things.

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2. Prepare for your equipment

Once you know where your home office is going, you’ll need to prep the space before moving your equipment in. If using an office chair with wheels, you’ll want the floor to be a hard surface, which means that if you have high-pile carpet, you may need to replace it with hardwood, laminate, or something similar. Also, make sure your space has all the electrical wiring necessary to power your computer, printer, and other electronic items. Furthermore, consider installing a separate phone line for your business, and make sure that everything is in place for a solid internet connection.

3. Find the right lighting

Ideally, your workspace will have access to windows so that you can get natural light flowing in. However, you’ll also need other sources of lighting. Look for high-quality, attractive desk lamps and floor lamps, as they can help boost productivity more so than overhead lighting.

4. Prioritize your work surface

Your desk will be one of the most important pieces of equipment in your office. Get an attractive desk with plenty of work surface. You should be able to store any essential items that you need nearby while also having a comfortable amount of space to write, type, draw, and perform any other activities that your work requires.

5. Get a quality office chair

The chair you choose is also critical. After all, you’ll be sitting in it for hours on end every day. Go with an ergonomic office chair that will help you stay comfortable and maintain proper posture.

6. Make it distinct

Finally, try to make your home office stand out from the rest of your home. Ideas for accomplishing this include painting it a fun, vibrant color, adding interesting area rugs and furniture, and using unique storage solutions.

Building a business from home can be the perfect way to make a living doing what you love on your own terms. But if you want to achieve long-term success, it’s essential to create a dedicated workspace for your daily tasks. Consider the tips listed here, and remember that any time, energy, and money you invest in your home office will prove well worth it.

Our thanks to guest writer Tina Martin for this timely article.
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About the Author
Larry Lynch
Former photographers' agent, commercial producer, copywriter, on-camera performer, voice-over talent, actor. Husband, father, a REALTOR® since 2003, and primary photographer for the Shop Tyler Homes team.