Working from home seems like a common trend these days. With all that 2020 brought, more people than ever before are working from home. It’s no wonder, with technology becoming as powerful as it is, companies are shifting to digital employment.
With that said, if you’re included in that group, it is important to have an office space that allows you to work comfortably and be productive. There are many ways to improve any space to make it the office you’ve always wanted! But where do you even start? We are here to provide you with some essentials for your office space.
Computer or Desktop
Whether you own your own law firm and you’re searching for bankruptcy lawyer marketing or you use excel sheets every day, a properly functioning computer is number one on your list. For your posture, you may want to invest in a desktop that you can position higher at eye-level– this allows you to avoid slouching and prevent an injury later on. On the other hand, if you intend to create a mobile office on top of your home office, a laptop could be a better buying decision.
If you're handy, you can build your own desk exactly the way you like. If not, you can purchase a desk at your local furniture store. It might be smart to purchase a desk that can transition from a regular desk to a standing desk– because let’s be honest who likes to sit all day long? There are a wide variety of options out there! Ergotron has flexible furniture that allows you to move from sit-to-stand easily and efficiently!
We’ll suggest this as one of the top 3 most important aspects of a home office. Take your time and select a quality chair. Test out the chair before you buy it so you can be sure it fits your needs. We suggest taking a measurement of the height of your desk so that the chair matches and doesn’t turn out to be too tall or short!
Adequate lighting level is critical to a productive workspace. Do you prefer natural light? If so, position your desk near a window to take advantage of a full day of sunlight. On top of that, a lamp that’s bright enough so you don’t have to strain your eyes is important. If you are going to be working in this space every day, make sure the light makes you feel like you won’t fall asleep!
An office space is versatile and doesn’t have to be solely for work. Depending on the size of your space, you could include a variety of additional items in your office. A bookshelf, art piece, plants, or sofa– you name it. If you have textbooks you need to store or additional work materials, plan out room for those. Additional small items like pens, sticky notes, or business cards need to be stored near your work area too.
Wifi/ Internet Access
The one good part about 2020, is that internet speed is not hard to come by. High-speed internet access is essential if you are going to be working from home. Be sure this is all set up before you start working, if you need to upgrade because your internet is slow, now is the time to do so.
Depending on your business, you might be able to get away with not having a printer. However, there always come times when you wish you had one for scanning or making copies. Consider looking into multipurpose machines that do all of these tasks for you.
A Fire Safe Box
You may want to consider purchasing a fire safe box for all of your important business documents. Most importantly, if you’re a small business owner you have a safe storage place to keep your backup copies of all your data.
Last but not least, make the space yours! Adding decor like candles, plants, and artwork makes your space feel more cozy. Some great indoor office plants include the Sanservia, African Violet, and Aloe. Not only will plants add some color to the room, they are healthy and beautiful. If you’re looking for other decorating ideas, Pinterest is always a perfect place to find some inspiration and start livening up your room!
partnered post • cc-licensed home office photo by Jeremy Levine