Tips for Creating an Office Space that Any Diva Would Enjoy
When you’re working for yourself or from home, having a comfortable place to carry out our day to day activities is important. Having a location that is free from all distractions and equipped with all the office supplies you need can make getting through each work day a lot less stressful. While many of us may start off with a small computer desk and a dining room chair, there are budget friendly options that will allow you to create an office space fit for a career woman such as yourself.
Sure you might be cramped for space, or even tight on money, but these ideas are sure to help you out.
Comfort Over Cost –
While sticking to a budget in business is especially important your comfort level is what is most important. If you’re sitting in a chair that has your legs cramped up all day, or working from a desk that does not allow the computer to be at eye level, you could end up doing serious damage to your body. If you’re really into ergonomics, you might consider looking into office furniture that will provide you with more comfort for a long work day. One option in particular might be a standing desk. There are many health benefits of standing desks; improved blood circulation, more energy, and the ability to burn calories are only a few of the major proven reasons to stand. What’s great about standing desks is that they come in varying styles and sizes and also allow you to sit when you need to.
Buying Used is Not a Bad Thing –
While some features of your home office require comfort over cost, other areas do not. When looking to purchase office equipment such as a fax machine, computer, or copier, it may save you some money by purchasing it used. When buying used equipment there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind. First and foremost you should only purchase from reputable vendors to ensure the quality and actual arrival of the equipment. Some other tips when purchasing used office equipment is to check the warranties, and to ensure that they’re operational.
Add Your Own Personal Touches –
Your office space does not have to be dull and boring, there are great ways that you can add your own personal touches to give it more of an aesthetic appeal. Some suggestions for this might be to apply a bold paint color, adding some artwork on the walls, or even adding accessories such as area rugs, vases, and candles. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the office, it might as well be something you enjoy coming to every day.
Don’t Forget to Keep Receipts
Now that you work from home as a business owner or freelancer, you’re going to be responsible for filing your own taxes each year. To avoid having to owe the IRS hundreds of dollars in taxes, you can save the receipts from the office equipment and decor and simply write it off. This will give you a significant reduction in your business taxes at the end of each year. However, having a receipt on hand is necessary to ensure you don’t get audited. So make sure you keep them in a safe place or scan them and save them electronically for future use.
Create a Perfect Home Office!
Well, hopefully these three tidbits of advice will help you in getting your home office space up and running. By making sure you have a comfortable, affordable, yet stylish office to retreat to on the daily basis, you can motivate yourself each day to accomplish new goals. Once your office is up and running, all that’s left is to effectively manage your time and get to business. When you’re sitting (or standing) behind your desk, talking on the phone or sending an email, you’ll notice a change in your mood and your will to strive for greatness.