One of the best things about being a freelancer is the ability to work from your own home. You can get out of bed in the morning, slide into your slippers, put on your favourite hoody and walk the 15 feet to work. Before you know it you have an hours worth of emails caught up on while the rest of the world is screaming their way through the slow moving traffic and best of all you’re still in your pyjama’s. Working from home can be a very relaxing and stress-free working environment but it’s essential that you get the setup of your office space correct and that you don’t scrimp on the costs, after all, you’ll be spending most of your day in there so it should be comfortable. Here is a list of 10 things I think are a must for any good home office:
1: Natural Light
Before you go and buy all your furniture and a pot plant you need to find the best space in your house to set up your office. Try to find a space that gets natural light throughout the day you’d be amazed how this can affect your mood and how you work. A nice light filled space will put you in a much better mood to work.
2: A Nice Desk
This can be the first mistake people make when setting up their home office, you don’t want it to be too small but you don’t need a snooker table either. Try to find a desk that is big enough for you to spread your work out on but not too big that it takes over your whole office. If you really want to treat yourself buy a desk that can be raised in height so you can stand at it for a while, it’s nice to change things up from time to time and far better for your posture.
3: A Really Good Chair
You’d be surprised by the number of people who buy a chair online without trying it out. There is a good chance that you could be spending between 6 to 8 hours every day sitting it so you may as well try and find one that is comfortable. I recommend that you shop around and give them all a good old bum test before you decide which one works for you.
4: A Good Quality Speaker
If you’re anything like me you like to listen to music or a good podcast while you work. When you shared an office in the outside world this meant having to put on your headphones so you wouldn’t disturb your colleagues. You’re freelance now, this is your business, your office – treat yourself to a nice speaker and listen to whatever you want, whenever you want and at whatever volume you want!
5: A Laptop
That old tank of a computer that’s been sitting in the corner for the last few years won’t do no matter what you may think. Apart from you, the most important part of your business will be your computer, everything you do will be on it so you don’t want that old tank grinding to a halt when you are in the middle of an important project.
7: A Printer
An all-in-one printer/scanner is the way to go for the home office, it will serve all your needs.
8: A White Board
Or if you’re one of those hipster types a tin of blackboard paint and paint an entire wall black. It’s very difficult to maintain discipline when working for home so I would suggest you use your whiteboard to break your day down into hours and each morning fill in what you need to do for the full day. That way you are more inclined to stay focused on your work and it’s a great feeling when you rub off each task when it’s complete.
9: A Companion
This all depends on where you live and how you feel about animals but it’s nice to have a little companionship during the day. For me, it was my dog Peanut, he would curl up on the sofa behind me and sleep away the day. When I needed a break from the desk I would take him for a walk and when I needed a second opinion he always agreed with me 🙂
10: Really Fluffy Slippers!
It’s still your home, why not be cozy?? Leave the heel scraping, toe squashing, sweaty work shoes to the people in the outside world. The office attire manual in your home office should demand ‘sheep wool lined, fluffy slippers’. Mine does!
This is my list and won’t work for everyone. Comment below with what you can’t do without in your home office.