Did you know that Apple Computer, Hershey’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and the Ford Motor Company all started as home-based businesses? According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of all American businesses are based out of an owner’s home.
A home-based business or office has rewards as well as challenges. There are pros and cons not to be taken lightly. Distractions and disruptions can flourish depending on your particular situation. A functional and productive environment doesn’t happen by itself. It takes forethought to intentionally set up, locate, design, and furnish a home office that enhances and supports the tasks at hand.
PERMANENT OR TEMPORARY
With economic pressures and resulting corporate changes that have taken place in recent years, some people find themselves working at home even though they never expected to. Many work at home only periodically or a couple of days a week, while others are full time, work-at-home devotees. Some situations are unpredictable and don’t necessarily warrant a dedicated work space. Even in those situations, however, attention to creating an environment that supports focus and concentration can make or break effectiveness.
The working space needed depends on your particular type of business and the anticipated outlook. Prior to setting up your home office, take time to assess how you will use it and what requirements it must fulfill. The first steps in locating, arranging, and outfitting your office involve asking yourself a few key questions:
These are some basic considerations and assessments. There may be other design criteria specific to your type of business. Need more… see next post…
Photo and design from Neville Johnson http://www.nevillejohnson.co.uk/home-furniture/home-studies
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