Creating a Home Office

With so many people working from home these days, a home office has become an essential space in many homes. It's a growing trend where many Canadians are now choosing to work from home. A home office provides flexibility and saves time where people don't need to go on long commutes. A truly productive home office requires more than a phone, fax and computer. It is important to keep in mind your specific needs and remember, your space not only needs to be functional, but it also needs to be aesthetically pleasing. So, whether you're contemplating making the move or just want a handy place to work in your house, it's time to create a comfortable office space that's right for you.

Define Your Space
If you're lucky to have a separate room for your home office, this will be ideal and the task won't be so hard. A guest room or underused bedroom can serve the purpose. If not, make use of whatever space you have, whether it's a stair landing, a small closet, or an unused corner of the living room. It is important that this space is defined as yours and not shared with others in your household. You will be more efficient if you find a space that can be dedicated to a home office area.

Designing a Layout
Calling in a professional to help you design your space is a good idea. If that isn't an option for you, then do your homework. Although, it might be tempting to just move furniture and accessories around until the space works, if you spend some time measuring your space, creating a floor plan, measuring your furniture, and thinking it through, the final result will be more satisfactory. Most people require two different work stations: one for administrative duties, such as billing, faxing, phone calls and computer work; and another that is project related, such as a meeting, or drafting. Remember to dedicate space for both stations.


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