One of the absolute most epic moments I had in my career was the first time I was able to work from home. I mean I cannot begin to describe how epic this was, in the lack of better, more poetic words. My shift began at 9 am, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I literally got up 5 minutes before my shift, grabbed my most comfortable pajamas and there I was: “at work.” This is what I would tell people who texted or called me. “I’m in the office”. The only actual challenge you might have in this adventure is to set up your first home office. When I had to move the things from my office to my home I called commercial Arizona movers to see how much it’s going to cost me.
I still remember it like it was yesterday. It still gives me the jitters. There were some other challenges I faced later on, but they were still not bad enough for me not to enjoy it. I tell you, working from home is brilliant!
Still, you need to set up your first home office
And trust me, this is no simple job. For me, this was actually fun. I had the glorious excuse to purchase new toys. And each time my wife would ask me if I really needed those… Well, the answer was yes. Undeniably. You really badly need these toys (that nobody really needs) in order to set up your first home office. That is one of the upsides.
The downside is the actual stress of setting everything up and testing it afterward. When your home office shift starts, everything needs to work flawlessly. And make no mistake, if it doesn’t you could be in a lot of trouble. Especially if it is a job you have to do “live” with stakeholders or clients.
Still, at the end of the day, the benefits outweigh the downsides. You will save a lot of money (for instance gas money), you will have a lot of flexibility, and above all – you will have comfort. However, your work will only be as successful as your home office is set up. How do you do it? Let’s talk about it.
Kick it off with making a list of things you actually need
Before you do anything else, you will need to list all the things you actually need to make your home office work. This is the essential part if you wish to set up your first home office right. We will call the list ‘the critical needs list’, and here you will actually be honest. You will name everything that you really need.
An example of a few things your home office cannot exist without includes a desk, a computer, telephone, etc. The absolute essentials, not the fun gadgets that come later. These will vary from job to job. Long distance movers Tucson can help you move your equipment from any place to your home, so you don’t have to worry about the moving, too.
So, for example, a graphic artist will need a very different set of tools when compared to an accountant.
The first will need a better screen, a graphics board, a certain type of computer. Whereas an accountant will not be so hardware based but will need a larger desk and a lot of paper holders (I think).
Assess your needs based on what your job will be.
Make sure you pick a ‘dedicated corner’
A home office will not be as comfortable as you think if you have to relocate it every now and then. Pick one dedicated corner of your loft and turn it into a home office. This will be the dedicated spot. Try not to move it around too much. Find the quiet corner with some privacy, especially if you have a roommate (or more).
Ideally, it will be a spare room with a door that can be closed. But if you don’t have this luxury, any secluded part of your home will have to do. As long as there is not a huge fluctuation of people in the proximity of the office.
Lighting is key
You will really want to make sure that you have proper lighting in the room that you will be working from. The best thing you can do is to make sure you are in the part of your home that has a lot of natural light. This is a very good foundation to set up your first home office on.
In addition to this natural light, make sure you arm yourself with standing lamps and/ór desk lamps. The more the merrier (within reason, of course). Don’t go overboard. You are not running a photography studio (unless you actually are, in which case light is key!).
Make sure you have a dedicated working phone
The last thing you ever want to experience is your clients questioning the legitimacy of your business. You really, really want to avoid that, because once you hop on that train it becomes very difficult to hop off of it. This is why, even though it might impact the ‘saving money’ bit, you really want to have a separate business line.
I can’t stress how many times I’ve heard people who got in trouble. For instance, you use the same phone for work and private life. A client calls. Your child answers the phone. There is really no recovery from this one!
Lastly… Establish actual working hours
The one thing I caught myself doing is completely losing track of time. You’re home, hence you don’t feel like you are in an office. There is no ‘it’s five o clock, I’m gonna start heading home’. You are already home. More often than not people who work from home end up working far more than they should have. Why? Because you are not really in the office. But you are not really home either…
Plus there is always the ‘let me just finish this one last thing’ moment. And before you know it, it’s 9 pm. Don’t be that person. And one last tip before you set up your first home office. Whether you are moving from office space to home, or for any other types of moves in general, you should know who to notify about your change of address.