There is nothing more important to your entrepreneurial
success than your home office. Having an effective layout and your items
organized for maximum efficiency so that you can find anything you want on
demand is vital to your productivity.
Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs find their businesses
severely hampered by an inefficient design of their home work space. Here are
some tips to help you achieve maximum organization and efficiently through your
First of all, your home office needs privacy for you to
work efficiently and productively. Ideally, you will have your own separate
room, away from the noise and activity from the rest of the house.
However, if this is not possible, try to find an area of
the house away from your families’ usual activity, and work from there. This
could simply be the corner of your bedroom, or even the basement. Simply find a
place where you can work in peace without interruptions.
Essential equipment you will need for your work area is a
computer with internet connection, fax machine, copier, organizers, and other
office supplies. Investing in a home office will require purchasing furniture
to accommodate your needs.
Some furniture you will likely need can include a lamp,
desk, tables, and chairs. The most important piece of equipment you can invest
in is a comfortable office chair. You will likely be spending the majority of
your time sitting. To avoid back pain and other ailments, make sure it is a
supportive and comfortable chair and allows you to work in comfort.
Having a separate phone line for your home office is
essential; if you don’t do this, you will find yourself answering many calls not
related to your business throughout the day, which can take a huge portion of
your time. Make sure that this is one of the first services you acquire.
Nothing wastes more time than picking up every phone call you receive throughout
Choose neutral colors when decorating your home office.
Bright colors tend to be very distracting and can actually reduce your
productivity. Try to pick professional looking colors that look nice but don’t
distract you from your duties.
Most importantly, after you have your new home office
design in place, you will need to maintain your work area by making sure that
you consistently throw away items when you are finished using them. It is very
easy to let miscellaneous items you will no longer be using accumulate, and thus
prevent you from finding the items you really need.
These are a few simple tips to help you keep your home
office in order for maximum productivity. Much of your effectiveness at work
depends on your
office design and layout; if you are spending an inordinate amount of time
searching for items, it may be time to redesign your home office. Follow these
tips, and watch our productivity and effectiveness as an entrepreneur skyrocket.