If you are a freelancer, chances are you may have already made an office out of your dining table, your living room couch, or worse, your bedroom floor. While one of the perks of working as your own boss is that you can work anywhere you want, it does not mean that you should. As your own boss, you should create an ergonomic working space that would reduce your setup time, organize your things, and increase your productivity.
Here’s a simple guide to set up your home office:
1. Choose and define your space. Your work area does not have to be very big. As long as you have enough room for a work desk and a chair, you are good to go. It is best to use a spare room, but a quiet corner in your living room or under the stairs would do. It is not advisable to create a home office in your bedroom as it will blur the lines between work time and personal time. However, if you have no choice, make sure to define the work area with an area rug or a divider.
2. Invest in your furniture. Choose a plain, wide area desk. If low on budget, you can check second hand desks being sold at surplus warehouses or from companies going out of business. Get an office chair with adjustable height to match your eye level to your laptop screen.
3. Consider your lighting. It is best if your area has natural light coming in so you can save electricity during the day. But since you might be working even when the sun is down, you should get a movable fluorescent white light lamp for proper illumination.
4. Decorate. Finally, decorate your area with things that can influence creativity and productivity, such as a calendar, wall clock, motivational quotes and even a dream board.
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