The hack's guide to creating a winning home office

Neha Kale
@neha_kale

It takes more than just a laptop and lightning-fast Wi-Fi to conceive a home office that inspires you to do your best work. The rise of the virtual workforce might have sparked the post-cubicle era but it also means that designing an effective workspace is more important than ever.

Luckily, you don’t need a Google-sized budget to dream up a space that unleashes your productivity and sparks good ideas. Here’s a business hack’s guide to creating a winning home office.

Establish what you need

It’s impossible to set up a functional home office if it lacks the equipment and supplies you need to do your work. Running to an office supplier to print out a document or dealing with a sub-par internet connection when you’re sending an urgent email can waste precious time.

Whether you need to invest in a printer, scanner or filing cabinet or switch to a new internet provider, make sure your home office is equipped to meet the demands of your job. Working from home isn’t cause to let your professionalism fall by the wayside.

Make sure your workspace receives natural light and is located away from areas such as the kitchen or the living room so that you’re not regularly distracted.

Choose the right space

When you’re creating a winning home office, it pays to choose the right space. Make sure your workspace receives natural light and is located away from areas such as the kitchen or the living room so that you’re not regularly distracted.

If your space is limited, a set of shelves on rollers can double as a dividing wall. A little creativity can go a long way when it comes to home office design.

Pay attention to safety issues

Although working at home might save you the time and pressure of commuting, workplace safety still counts. From choosing an ergonomic office chair and work station to ensuring that your workspace is free of obstacles such as cables, performing a safety audit is essential to setting up an effective home office.

The best home offices are functional, inspiring and equipped to help you excel.

Let your personality do the talking

There’s little point in planning a home office if you can’t create a space that makes you happy and reflects your personality and taste. From pinning up striking artwork or photos to decorating with leafy houseplants, don’t be afraid to make the space your own.

The best home offices are functional, inspiring and equipped to help you excel.

Neha Kale

Neha Kale is a freelance writer and editor who covers business, technology, arts and culture for publications in Australia and overseas.

Image credit: Matthew Pearce, Flickr Creative Commons license

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