As more and more people utilize the network of exchanges that have become possible thanks to the increased technology of the Internet and other areas, the idea of working from home has seen a corresponding rise. The result is that many people are beginning to use their home office not only to catch up on work they might have missed during the day, but as their office proper, the place where they get all of their work done. If you are thinking about working out of your home, there are some things to keep in mind to keep your home office both functional and pleasant.
Do not situate your home office in an area of your house that experiences high traffic volume. You will find that an area that does receive a lot of people through it, such as the room where the television is or even a room that is attached to the television room, is far from the ideal working space. There are simply too many distractions during the day, especially if you have children. Beyond distractions, there is always the temptation of the television sitting there, begging you to watch it instead of completing the jobs you know have to be done. Finally, these areas will offer anyone access to your work spae, so any files you have are not only easy to read but you also run the risk of somebody accidentally rearranging your systems.
Choose an area of your house that is removed form a lot of the action, a room that no one usually uses. A spare bedroom in your basement is ideal, but you may want to make sure that you get some daylight through the room, for comfort purposes. The room should have a door that you can close to keep people out, and you may want to have a lock on the door for when you are not in your office. If you choose to go this route, it may be best to have another computer available for the rest of the family to use.
There is nothing wrong with adding a little ambience to your home office, and it can be a nice touch to add a potted plant or to for a little color and style. You should also have some decorations on your bookshelves and your desk, trophies or certificates or some other mementos that mark the space as uniquely your own.
Store all of your supplies in your home office space, and keep track of them for income tax purposes if you are self-employed. These supplies should be for your own personal use in your office only, and you should make sure that no one else in your household uses them.
Finally, make sure that the room you choose for your home office is at least somewhat soundproof. When you choose to work out of your home, you are subjected to a lot of temptations that are not found in the traditional office- any sound of your kids playing or someone watching television can erode your work ethic and see you leave your home office before the work you need to get done that day is completed.