When setting up a business, the temptation may be to fork out hundreds, if not thousands per month on a brand new office space. While it might seem like the professional thing to do, there is a cheap (if not free) alternative that can leave you to worry about all the other aspects of running a start-up – working from home. Here are a few tips on hot to make working from home a success.
Sure, treating your home as your office might come with a few distractions, but it’s possible to make it a viable workspace where you can get the job done with ease. By following the handy tips we have for you, it’s possible that you might never think about straying from your home office if your business does become a success.
1. Concentrate to boost productivity
Concentration is the key to succeeding in any industry, but at home it can be a little harder. However, by following a few simple rules, as this post from Conference Genie suggests, it is possible to work just as hard from home as you would in an office environment. Trying to cut out background noise by closing all doors and windows can help, as can switching off the TV and asking kids to be quiet.
2. Stay connected
Even though you’re at home, it doesn’t mean that you have to remove yourself from the outside world. Keep your mobile phone switched on and charged during the day, while your inbox should always be open. Also, keep abreast of your social media channels and try to respond to any calls, texts or emails as quickly as possible. In fact, there are many ways in which working from home can actually improve the time you spend with family, friends and co-workers.
3. Make your workspace comfortable
While maintaining a business-like atmosphere is important, so is ensuring that you’re able to work comfortably and flexibly. A comfortable office chair and spacious desk are essential, as is ergonomic equipment to type and click with. Personalising your desk is important too – a mascot or perhaps a picture of your loved ones could make it seem a little more human.
4. Don’t give up too quickly
If working from home doesn’t go too well in the first few days, it might be tempting to look into office spaces available for rent. However, a little persistence can make you get used to your surroundings as you do admin, marketing and sales work from your living room. Try to think of some of the advantages and use them as motivation. Forbes has compiled an amazing list of tips which give you the encouragement you need to get started and also the essentials to keeping motivated.