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Tips for Setting Up Your Home Office

September 7, 2019
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An increasing number of people are looking for a dedicated office space in their Bluffton SC new homes. With more people working from home, even part time, it’s important to have a space that offers privacy and professionalism. Many of the Grayhawk home designs include flex rooms in the front of the house, which are ideal for home offices, but no matter where you set up, here are some tips for making it a workable environment.

Start off by thinking carefully about how you’ll use the space. That not only gives you an idea of just how much space you need, but also helps you focus on the furniture and equipment you’ll need. For example, if you will be meeting clients in your home office, a room right off the entry foyer provides a more professional atmosphere, rather than leading the client through your home. Similarly, if you need a desk and a drafting table, it’s important to find a room that is large enough to allow you to work comfortably. Make a list of your needs to help you better understand what will work best for you.

Whenever possible, try to set up your home office in a room that offers privacy and is separate from daily household routines and activities. Even if you do need to use the space as a guest room on occasion, try to find a room where you won’t be interrupted physically or by household noises. This is also important if you’re going to be on the phone frequently, as you don’t want the distraction or to come across as unprofessional.

Speaking of phones, make sure you have a separate phone line from your household phone. Clients can easily become confused if they call your home line and a child answers or they get your family voicemail message. Either invest in a separate landline or have a dedicated cell phone or VOIP phone. Just as you have a separate phone line, you should also have separate bank accounts and record keeping, particularly if you are running your own business. Maintain as much separation from your home life and your business life as possible to avoid confusion.

That separation between work and home is even more important when you do work from home full time. Try to set official business hours. Not only does this make it easier for clients to reach you, but it helps you create a healthier work/life balance. It can be easy to spend too much time in your office. This is another reason to have a separate phone line so that you can switch off at the end of the day.

Finally, look for a room where you get plenty of natural light to keep your mood up. Too much artificial light can be detrimental, which is why a basement office isn’t always ideal. However, no matter how much natural light you have, do make sure you have sufficient lighting for early mornings, late evenings, and overcast days. Look for a good overhead light source, but also consider more focused task lighting. Also, don’t forget to arrange your desk space so that you’re not dealing with glare on your computer screen.

Ultimately, make sure you have an office space that gives you the privacy you need, and the appropriate furniture and equipment to help you stay organized, as well as physically comfortable. Set boundaries with your family, but also with yourself. With no commute and the convenience that often comes from working from home, make the most of this opportunity. Fortunately, when you choose one of Grayhawk’s Bluffton SC new homes, you’re sure to find the perfect place to set up your ideal home office.

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