Here's What to Consider in Creating a Home Office

Jennifer Brown Banks

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Working from home is slowly evolving into the “new normal.“

Whether it’s the result of losing a 9 to 5 gig amid the pandemic of 2020, or the desire to test entrepreneurial waters as “job security” becomes a thing of the past.

Whether this space at your place will be used to consult with clients, or merely serve as a haven for a working writer who needs a private nook, there are a few things to consider for ultimate success.

Aside from stylistic preferences, it needs to be affordable, attractive and functional.

Here are some timely tips to help you create a space that contributes to your success:

Attractive surroundings:

  • Choose a theme that fits your personality. For instance, my office is conservative and classy, decorated in black leather (and some vinyl) furniture, with beige carpeting and animal throw rug. The colors are well balanced, yet striking. It’s also very warm and inviting. Yours should be too, particularly if you expect to have in-home clients.
  • Choose colors that inspire you. I love soft muted tones. Others may prefer vibrant colors like red or orange to get their mojo working. Whatever you decide, choose carefully because you’re likely to spend a lot of time there.
  • Accessorize with live and artificial plants. It adds warmth and a touch of nature.
  • Keep reading materials like books and magazines on shelves, tables, and baskets. Literature adds a look of professionalism and conveys an image of being smart and well read.

Affordability:

  • Remember that it’s not where you shop, but how you shop that matters. If you’re clever, “quality conscious” and creative, you’ll find great deals at your local Dollar Store outlets, thrift shops, and even amidst Craigslist offerings.
  • Ask family members and friends to donate nice pieces that they may no longer have a need for.
  • Add intimate, inexpensive touches by taking family photos, vacation pictures, and treasured friends and placing them on display in beautiful frames that you can purchase or make yourself from items at arts and craft stores. Be creative!

Functionality:

  • Don’t overlook the importance of a well-organized office. It doesn’t have to meet your mom’s standards, but at least be able to see the top of your desk, or locate important documents when in need. Studies show that neatness also contributes to greater productivity and better time management.
  • Strive for furniture that is “comfy” yet well constructed. A desk chair that offers good back support is a must.

Follow these tips to create an atmosphere that "means business!"

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