With COVID-19 seemingly not slowing down, more people than ever before are still working from home. Although this may seem negative, the flexibility afforded by a “zero-commute” combined with the skyrocketing price of gasoline has strengthened the case for a full time teleworking and telecommuting.
Starting Your Home Office
The artist community has been well acquainted with the use of work/living spaces for years, but improvements in technology have made the benefits of teleworking and occasional telecommuting more attractive to general consumers, especially during the pandemic outbreak.
Not only do Home-based teleworkers also have larger homes, on average, than non-teleworkers but the most popular place for an office is a spare bedroom, with the living room coming in as a second. Working from home can prove to be challenging in many ways, and it’s important to limit as many distractions as possible. When you’re getting ready to move and you know you want an office, try picking out a secluded spare bedroom as your first choice.
If a spare bedroom is out of the question, what about a corner in the basement, a den, or an unused dining room. There are many choices for your new workspace, and if you are planning to take your career home with you, it’s valuable to consider your options.
Work From Home Essentials
As you purchase or rent your next home, there are certain factors to consider if you need to set up a new home office:
Make sure that your high-tech needs can be met. Older homes may need significant upgrades to handle the extra power, while newer homes are built with more energy-efficient systems to handle the additional power along with heating/air conditioning requirements. If you use cable, DSL, or satellite internet access, check with your local service provider to see if access is available in your new neighborhood. Shop around for your telephone provider—in some cases, business service bundles may be more cost-effective than regular residential service.
Designate where your office space will be. Determine the amount of space you will need to accommodate your work style and space. In many cases, a spare bedroom or living room space can be used, if a formal den option is not available. If your work requires heavy telephone usage or just heads-down concentration, you may want to consider utilizing a room with a door. Doors can be closed to reduce interruptions from other family and household noises.
Plan your office blueprint to include all the required furniture, bookcases, computers, fax, and printers. Make sure to allow for filing and storage space for files and extra office supplies. Lighting is critical for computer or assembly work, so make sure to allow for direct sunlight along with any specific task lighting that may be necessary.
Overall, working from home comes with many benefits that people are beginning to recognize more and more. With these benefits though, come many things to consider especially if your new home office is official and staying put.