It’s hardly news to anyone at this stage, but there’s been a surge in the number of people working remotely as a result of the pandemic. This isn’t possible for everyone, either because their type of work doesn’t allow it, or their employer has made the office a safe space to work from. But for those who have started their own empires out of their homes or whose companies have given them this flexibility, there’s lots to consider.
While there are important factors to think about when working from home, there’s 1 simple thing you can do that isn’t as elaborate as creating a work-life balance. It’s to do with making your home office more productive. Sure, it’s not as important as spreadsheets, but you can’t deny the impact that a dedicated workspace can have on your productivity.
Here are a few ideas that you can use to create a small home office space that’s both functional and appears to be more spacious.
How To Create More Space When You Have No Space
Working from a tiny room or corner in your apartment? We understand. Not everyone has access to a spacious and beautifully decorated home office, but have no fear… Here are a few ideas that you can use to make a small space appear bigger and lighter.
- Bring more light: Replace fitted lights with hanging lights and use mirrors to make the room lighter and appear bigger.
- Add depth: Consider painting 1 wall a dark colour to create the illusion of space.
- Go cozy: Small spaces may feel claustrophobic, so make your small space cozier by adding some plants, pops of colour, artwork, and even a textured rug.
- Double your furniture up: Repurpose existing furniture (or buy new) that can store office items and equipment while also being used decoratively.
How To Make Things Nice On A Budget
Your office can’t just be for working. It has to be a nice space that you want to be in. We have a few ideas that you can use to spruce up the place without breaking the bank.
- Plantlife: Greenery makes a big difference to a room and is a cheaper way to make your office fresh and light.
- Declutter: Your office isn’t a dumping ground, so go through the space and get rid of what shouldn’t be there. That’s a zero cost tip right there.
- Small touches: You don’t want to add clutter back in, but your office shouldn’t be devoid of personal touches, like a nice piece of artwork or a vase that you already own and can be moved to your office.
We hope these tips will spark a few ideas of your own to help you transform your home office or even that corner you work from into a productive zone that you want to be in. And while you’re planning your next big business move, we should point out that if you have home contents insurance and are running your business out of your home, then this policy won’t do much for you. It seems like a strange tip, but you’d be surprised at how many people suffer an accident in the house or a break-in and turn to their insurance, only to find out that their broken or stolen furniture, devices, and other equipment isn’t covered.
That leaves you paying for a policy you thought would help and paying out of pocket to repair or replace these items. The reality is that if you’re running your business from your home, you’ll need a specific business insurance policy for small-to-medium businesses to protect you against theft or loss. Thankfully there are a few affordable business insurance policies available.
We always suggest you start with a quote. You can get going by clicking here for a quote for the kind of business insurance that can be tailored to your specific business type and size. This way, you’ll only pay for the cover that your business needs and can afford.