According to a study from the University of Exeter, people who design their own workspace are 32 percent more productive — in addition to being happier and healthier. If that’s not enough to think twice about your home office, then we don’t know what is! So, if you’re a budding entrepreneur who could benefit from tips to stage and decorate your workspace for meetings — and maximum productivity — then read on to check out this guide presented by Premlall Marketing.
Location is key.
Is your home office in an area of the house that is free from foot traffic? With children around, it’s important to dedicate a space that is quiet and where you will have privacy for the times you’re meeting with clients face-to-face or virtually. If you’re currently working from the dinner table, then it’s time to dedicate a space solely to working on your business.
Give your space a functionality makeover.
You can have the most beautiful home office in the world, but is it functional? Remember that it’s never too late to upgrade or change your workspace if something isn’t working for you.
Consider upgrading the storage solutions, coming up with solutions for hazardous cables laying on the floor so clients don’t trip, and ensuring the lighting is just how you want it for video calls. Plus, an update could increase your home’s appraisal value if your family decides to sell in the future. Just remember to take before and after pictures so you can justify a boost in appraisal!
Follow feng shui practices.
If your workspace has you feeling cluttered or short on energy, maybe you could benefit from a little feng shui. This is a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to staging your office furniture. Be sure to take a look at your current setup and adjust if need be.
According to experts, your desk should be positioned in a commanding position, which means your back shouldn’t be facing the door. It’s recommended to station your desk diagonally from the room’s entrance, with your back against a hard surface such as a wall or bookshelf, and for you to be facing the door. Your clients will surely pick up on the energy shift as well.
Make it personal.
Do you have photos of your children on your desk? If not, then it’s a great idea to frame a couple of your favorite photos. Have a favorite chair that you’d like to use in your office? Look up furniture upholsterers near you and hire someone to give that chair some love. Why, you ask? Because being an entrepreneur is hard work and having familiar objects and pictures of your loved ones will help you stay on track.
Incorporate the color green.
Green is known for being calming, boosting creativity, and is associated with growth. What kind of entrepreneur wouldn’t want that in their home office? Now, that doesn’t mean you have to go paint your entire office green — although you certainly can! However, incorporating things like indoor plants, window curtains, and artwork with the color green are great options as well.
Treat yourself to new desk accessories.
When was the last time you splurged on some new desk accessories for your home office? Think about items that not only inspire you but will also help you stay organized. If you’re on a budget, you could even just head down to the closest dollar store to stock up on some new supplies — or take a look at these desk gadgets for inspiration.
Reduce client contact.
Thanks to the recent events of the pandemic, it’s important to minimize contact with customers whenever possible. By switching to a SaaS solution such as Accounting Edge Pro, you can send virtual invoices to clients and accept payments with ease.