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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 3/18/2020

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With more people working from home today than ever before, many are looking to add a home office to their house. Some may think that they don't have enough space to make this happen; however, folks don't need an entire room to add a home office. There are a few great tips and tricks that can turn almost any space into a comfortable, functional home office.

Turn a Laundry Room into a Home Office

One of the first places that should be looked at is the laundry room. With careful planning, along with some ingenuity, homeowners can take their laundry room and turn it into a functional home office. Clever carpentry can place a pull-out cabinet in the room along with a few heavy-duty drawer glides. By folding these key items into existing wall space, a seemingly small laundry room can turn into a beautiful home office. 

Looking at an Existing Bedroom

Another place that people can look for a home office is in their guest bedroom. This doesn’t mean that they need to take over the entire guest bedroom as their office space; however, the closet might offer some intriguing opportunities. Removing the door from the closet can add a significant amount of workable space. After all, some might not need a door in their closet at all. Then, think about using the closet rod to hang shelves and other useful items. Suddenly, with so much usable hanging space, the closet no longer seems nearly as crowded.

Put the Alcove to Use

Another great place to look for a home office is at an alcove. There are a lot of home structures that have quite a bit of awkward, recessed space. These nooks are great places to repurpose as a usable workspace for both adults and kids. This is a great location for kids to do their homework in addition to adults using this space to get their own work done. It might even be a good idea to add a double desk to increase the working space. A double desk will also create more room for storage and displays.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 7/12/2017

Whether you telecommute as a full-time employee, operate your own business from home or engage in creative hobbies like web design, writing or painting at home, make sure that you build out your home office the right way. After all, you could easily spend 20 to 40 or more hours a week in your home office. Lack one key component and you could find yourself struggling to focus on your work. Lighten up your day Choose a room in your house that has at least one large window for your home office. Install quality fluorescent or LED lights. Hang light weight blinds at the window, instead of heavy drapes, to allow plenty of natural light to stream into your office. You’ll see better and feel better too. Home office ergonomics Go for an adjustable chair and a desk with a pull-out keyboard tray. While you’re shopping for home office furniture, check to see that the chair you plan on buying is comfortable and aligns well with the desk that you want. Proper desk and chair heights could help you to avoid back and neck discomfort, especially on days when you log lots of hours. Backup computer resources You won’t have to worry about this if your employer gives you an office computer or laptop. But, if you’re an independent contractor or entrepreneur who works from home, you’ll want access to a backup computer should your regular PC go on the blink. A tablet with office software applications, an extra laptop or a low cost desktop can do the trick. Easy filing space There may be times when you need to keep printed documents. For example, you might need to keep printed receipts for tax purposes and printed copies of signed client contracts. Expandable file folders save space. Metal six foot tall filing cabinets can be placed behind your home office door. Another option is to store paper documents in plastic storage bins. The best option depends on how long you need to keep the documents and the volume of printed materials you’ll keep. Great Wi-Fi You’ll get more done faster if you have great Wi-Fi. Internet and computer download speeds should be fast enough to not cause you to have to wait several seconds or a minute or longer before a web page pops up or a Word document opens. As a tip, you can speed up download times by deleting unnecessary files, removing unused and unneeded applications off your computer, turning off pop-up ads, installing good Internet security and anti-virus software and keeping your computer battery in good condition. Spice up your home office Place a few plants in your home office to spruce up the space. Family pictures, posters with motivational quotes on them and artistic gadgets and knick knacks also work well. Eliminate distractions to stay engaged in your work. Avoid checking email throughout the day, answering your cell phone and watching television. Try it and see if your production doesn’t improve.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 3/22/2017

Working at home eliminates commuting costs. Working at home also frees you of the need to put on a dress or suit and tie, head outside and bear cold or excessively hot temperatures.Perform your work from home and you’ll cut down on clothing expenses, not to mention reducing your stress levels, as you no longer have to sit in stop-and-go traffic. But, telecommuting or freelancing isn’t all upswing. If you’re not careful, you could set yourself up for failure.

Ask yourself the following questions before you embark on a telecommuting from home arrangement.The more candid you are in your responses, the more pitfalls you could potentially avoid.

Are you self-disciplined? Some people focus and meet deadlines best when they have someone who they meet with face-to-face so that they can give an update on their progress. Absent regular in-person check-ins, a worker could fall behind, spend hours thinking about personal responsibilities, finances and more, anything but work. If you work best when a supervisor or manager is nearby, working at home may not be best for you.

How important is time management to you? If you’re good at sticking to deadlines and prioritizing work, telecommuting or freelancing could be a win. You’ll need strong written and oral communication skills to manage your time well, as you’ll have to let colleagues, clients and supervisors know what you can do and when. If you have trouble telling people“No” or “Not now”, you may struggle until you build your confidence and learn how to let others know what you can and cannot take on.

Do you have the equipment to work at home?  A functioning laptop or desktop computer is a must in today’s work environment. As a safeguard, you may want to have a backup laptop or notebook at your home, should you normal computer crash. Other equipment and resources that you need to work at home include a printer, scanner, office software, filing cabinets, work desk and chair.

Are you prepared to take on added expenses?  Your mail, electric and printer costs could rise after you start working at home. Unless you have the disposable income, steer clear of running the air conditioner during the day. Another expense that could rise after you start working at home is your telephone bill. Consider using your smartphone to keep telephone costs at a minimum.

To make working at home work, you need your family’s support. Discuss your working arrangement with your partner and children. Let them know the days and hours that you plan to work. Discuss how you will handle overtime, should it be required, including how often you’re willing to work overtime. Make it clear to your family that you are actually working and not available to run errands,babysit or handle other projects that you wouldn’t be expected to take on if you weren’t working at home.




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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 4/11/2012

With the recent growth in telecommuting, home offices are also becoming a necessity rather than a luxury. Home buyers are looking for a place where they can work, a place to pay bills or simply surf the net. Investing in a home office will help you now and may pay off later. Have you always dreamed of a home office? Do you have an office that is overrun with papers? A home office is usually the place where junk finds its home. Getting that room into a place where organization is king can be easier than you think. Implementing an organizational system that has you working in peace with everything at your fingertips is easy if you follow these simple tips. 1. Choose the space. Think of all the things that you'll need to work comfortably in your home office. You want to make sure the space will allow for your desk and chair and anything else you will need in your office. 2. Organize your space. Part of organizing means decluttering. If you have three staplers, six pairs of scissors you will need to get rid of anything extra. Clutter is very distracting and reduces efficiency. Identify a space for all the necessities. You need to identify a place for the printer, file cabinet, reference books and supplies. 3. Schedule the date and time for your office organization. Set aside a specific time and date to plan your space. If you have lots of files and file cabinets, make a decision on how much you want to get done in the initial session. You may need to plan several dates to complete the whole task. 4. Reorganize. Clean and organize your office at the end of each day. It will only take a few minutes and keep you on track to staying organized. Plan on reorganizing your office every three months or so. By planning your home office space and getting it organized you'll enjoy it more. Your work will be better, you'll appreciate being at home, and you'll have the perfect place to work--your home. Now focus on success!