From 2012 – 2016 there has been a 12.35% increased in flexi-time, in fact in the previous year the TUC found that workers who operated remotely have gone up by close to 0.25 of a million (241,000 ) in the past decade.
The ONS has provided data that shows that 4.2M people worked from home on a regular basis in 2015.
That is a lot of people who are starting to see that there are ample benefits that come with working from home, whether as an employee who operates remotely or by running your own small business similarly to Starfish Admin Services. However, a lot of us may find that space is a real issue, distractions are many, and creating a separation between work life and home life can seem like a mission impossible.
Allow us to provide you with some home office setup ideas that have worked for other small businesses and could work for you too.
- Make sure you stand often by using ergonomic equipment
- Invest in an office chair that provides sufficient comfort
- Set office hours and stick to them
- Make sure you have the correct insurance coverage
- Ensure that your office space is not part of your living space
- Try to minimize interruptions
- Financially, keep business and pleasure separate
- Make sure the set up feels comfortable
- Set a routine
- Take breaks at times
- Take a break from your routine when needed.
It is easy for work life and home life to blur into one when you work from home. Set up a personal business phone number which will ring only in your office to help to create a sense of difference.
Make sure that you invest in a good chair that feels comfortable, even over long periods. I find that if I start to get uncomfortable quickly I cannot focus the way that I need to.
It is crucial to work as a family to decide on a space that will work well as your office and not be viewed as part of the family home.
Do not make the assumption that your renter’s policy or your insurance covers your home office. Make sure that you have a policy that has liability coverage for any accident that may happen to a client or customer, or even a delivery person. It may be the case that you have to take out a separate commercial liability insurance policy.
A challenge that some people have is that family or friends feel that they can drop in at any time since you are not being actively supervised. It is crucial that you make known that when you are in your office you are working and earning a living for the family, so no interruptions.
Keep business checking accounts and savings accounts separate. This will save you an endless amount of time when it comes around to tax time, as well as for the rest of the year if you pay every quarter.
For me, working from home is great – I can work where I want and how I want, even if that means being on my couch in my workout clothes. I also love that I choose the radio station and the vibe of my office.
If you keep yourself focused you will keep up with your task list. Make sure you set a daily schedule and stick to it.
Having real plants in your office don’t just add a splash of color but also clear the air of toxins and the likes.
If you have not been blessed with green fingers just get an indoor plant that is hard to kill, such as a spider plant or aloe vera.
When you work in a traditional office you are forced to take breaks from your desk every now and then, perhaps for a meeting or to get something to eat. Working from home is different and the work-home line can easily get blurred.
Go for a walk, play with your dog, go out to get a coffee, or just take a step outside and you will be able to provide sufficient breaks in your day.