If you’re setting up a home office, you don’t need to spend a lot of money, but remember, it’s the little things that make you stand out as a professional; so be sure everything you purchase is high quality and has the functionality you need.
Here are five things to consider in setting up your home office. You’ll notice that I’ve specifically shied away from discussing technology, because that will vary based on your business.
5 Things to Consider in Setting up a Home Office
- Start with the right chair. You are not doing yourself a favor by cheaping out on your chair. The right chair will enable you to work for longer stretches and leave you with a body that actually feels like doing something at the end of the day.
- Get the lighting right. Almost as important as your chair, lighting can either help or hinder your ability to get the job done. I suggest you err on the side of too much light rather than too little, as you can always turn it off/down, no?
- Get a good monitor and be it’s at the right level. You don’t want to be craning your neck up or down to read your screen. If you need to adjust the height, you don’t need an elaborate monitor stand; a book or two usually does the trick.
- Gotta have a whiteboard. Nothing says “real business” like a whiteboard. You can use it to brainstorm (solo or with others), to track customers, or to think through elements of an upcoming project.
- Don’t cheap out on your phone. Find a phone that has all the capabilities you need. Think: speakerphone, headset, additional handsets (so you can leave one in another room, where you may want to be able to pick up a call quickly.)