Working from home is a blessing. You get to spend time with your kids, plus continue to earn income for your family. However, working from home doesn't come without its pitfalls. It's often difficult to set boundaries, stay focused and get organized when working in a non-traditional environment.
Whether you have just recently started working from home or you just need a new space, we've put together these tips to help you set up your home office and be productive while using it.
A very difficult task for work-at-home moms is finding the balance between getting the work done and spending time with the kids. Though it might seem difficult at first, you need to set a schedule and stick to it. If your kids are in school, it's a whole lot easier. But for those with younger children, you have to find a way to keep an eye on them while still getting something done. Map out your day and establish a routine that is both productive for you and conducive to spending time with your children.
Before you run out and start buying file cabinets, storage boxes and office supplies, take inventory of what you really need. You may already have a suitable desk or table that you can repurpose. If you are really short on space, use your laptop computer set up on the desk rather than buying a larger desktop computer. Depending on what type of business you're running, you may need storage space for products, shipping supplies and other items.
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It would be nice if we all had a large, extra room to designate as a home office, but that's not always possible. However, with the right furniture and proper organization, you can create a functional, efficient home office in a small space. Walk around your house and locate the best spot for your home office. If you have more than one spare room, consider the lighting, proximity to your children's rooms and other factors.
If you don't think you have enough room in your home for an office, think again. Here are some easy ways to create space.
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Grab a piece of graph paper and a pencil, or use free floor-plan software like Gliffy or Autodesk Homestyler. Play around with your design to find the best way to maximize your space by moving around your desk and other components. Keep in mind the location of electrical outlets for your computer and consider that file cabinets need room to open.
If you don't need room for much on your desk, consider the OneLessDesk (or their OneLessOffice suite) from Heckler Design. This beautiful, space-saving computer desk is great for functionality and style.
If you need lots of storage space near your desk, consider a wall unit that houses a drop-down desk. This Secretary Desk offers plenty of storage and no assembly. It makes a sleek, space-saving addition to any home office.
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