How to Create a Good Work Environment
Are you one of those people who works best in the midst of chaos or do you need order and harmony to get through your working day? I think I’m a bit of a mixed breed, I can take the madness up to a point and then suddenly I’ll need order to be restored and will launch into a Spring clean. And then I turn OCD and suddenly everything must be filed, fixed, sorted, catalogued and put it in its rightful place.
Most days, I would say organised chaos is probably my idea of perfect. Because once I’m in the zone I don’t even see the mess around me. Noise becomes white noise way in the background as my focus zeroes in on what I’m doing. So that’s my 2 cents on How to Create a Good Working Environment… immerse yourself in your work. Find work you love that absorbs your full attention. Or of course, you could go literal. Here’s how to convert your home into the ultimate workspace…
Creating the Right Environment for Your Home-Based Venture
Running a home-based business is an increasingly popular move. More and more of us are moving away from conventional employment in a bid to gain a better work-life balance and enjoy greater independence and flexibility.
If you’re in the throes of launching a home business, or you’ve recently bitten the bullet, and you’re on a mission to make your venture work, it’s crucial to get the environment right.
Designing a functional, inspiring office space
If you plan to spend most of your time tapping away at a keyboard or making calls, you’ll need an office. Contrary to popular belief, working from home doesn’t really involve lounging around with a laptop on your knee and closing deals while you catch up on the latest boxset.
To achieve goals, you’ll need to focus, work hard and create an area where you can enjoy the peace and quiet and concentrate on the tasks on hand. If you don’t already have an office, there are various options open to you.
- You could convert a spare room
- take over part of the garage or look into possibilities like
- a conservatory or
- a garden room
- attic rooms also make great offices
Once you’ve decided on a location, turn your attention to kitting your new office out with all the technology you need, and then focus on decorative touches and design concepts that will inspire and motivate you.
Avoid clutter and aim to angle your desk towards natural light. This is proven to increase productivity.
Welcoming clients into your home
If you run a business that involves meeting with clients and welcoming them into your home, it’s vital that you make a positive first impression.
If you’re offering services like hair or beauty treatments, photography, massage therapy or consulting, you need to ensure that your clients are impressed from the outset.
The environment can say a lot about your business and impact the way customers perceive your brand. Match the aesthetic of the room, studio or salon to the the type of business, and don’t forget to put safety first.
Contact flooring companies to get quotes for non-slip flooring, think about the colors you use, and invest in furniture that is both practical and stylish.
If you’re looking for inspiration, flick through magazines and take ideas from places you’ve been to as a customer. You can pick and choose elements to come up with a design that is unique.
If you plan to use your home as an exhibition space to sell artwork, handmade crafts, baked goods or bespoke clothing, for example, choose a dedicated room that has plenty of natural light, and arrange your products in a way that showcases every piece. Remove anything that doesn’t need to be in the room, such as furniture, which may detract from your display.
If you’re keen to make your home-based business a success, it’s imperative to create the right environment. Whether you’re an artist, an accountant, a writer or a designer, you’ll need a dedicated workspace.
If you plan to meet with clients or offer services at home, think about how you can impress from the moment your customers arrive. First impressions count for everything.
What’s your idea of an ideal work environment? Can you get into the zone wherever you are or do you have to create the perfect space around you before you can be productive?