So, you’ve decided to take the plunge, quit your job and set up in business on your own. A future of being your own boss, working your own hours and reaping all the rewards of your labours lies ahead and you can’t wait to get started. But before you do there’s the matter of the office to sort out! You may not have the money to splash out on a fancy office in town when you’re just starting out so the chances are you’ll be working from the spare room or attic conversion until you have the funds to rent somewhere else.
If you’ve been used to a nice bright airy office with all mod cons and facilities then you might find it a bit of a culture shock moving into the relatively confined space of your spare room. So it’s important to try and make the room feel as officious as possible and kit it out as you would a regular office. With size usually an issue for most home offices think about getting made to measure furniture that will make the most of the space you have available. Something like specialist home office furniture from Neville Johnson is a great idea as you can have everything designed to fit the size and contours of your room.
The first and most important thing to think about is your desk as this is where you are going to be spending a lot of time while you try and get your business off the ground. If you can, get it built to a height that suits you and make sure there is plenty of space for you to spread yourself out. There’s nothing worse than trying to work from a cluttered desk with papers spilling on to the floor and no room for you to keep a notebook beside your PC or laptop.
The next thing to consider is storage. As your business grows you are going to accumulate a ton of paperwork with invoices, bank statements and receipts starting to take up a lot of room. If you don’t have the space for free standing shelf units then think about getting some built to line the walls instead. This will give you lots more floor space so you have room for other essentials like printers, your desk chair and maybe even a bean bag to collapse into while you take a breather from the computer screen.
Use your space wisely, only get the furniture you really need, and you can have an office just as slick as any in a dedicated office block.