Saturday, 13 December 2014

Creating a workspace for your home-based business

Author: Dr. Cheryl Cottle

While most entrepreneurs will agree that creating a space dedicated to your home-based business is critical, some still continue to function in an informal way rather than create a formal environment with office equipment, furniture, and the overall feel and layout of a professional space. Separating your home life from your work life provides you with the mental separateness and acquity required to run and manage a home-based business. 

Regardless of the type of business you are in, if you work from home you will need a space for your business operation. You can use a small nook or a room that you dedicate to your work. Some common spaces used by my clients include working from their kitchen table, converting a closet into an office, working from their attic, garage, basement, or converting a bedroom. One of my client created a sewing studio that doubles as her DIY video production set. Another client is a yoga instructor and uses her living room area as a studio, while yet another client has converted his basement into a top-of-the-line recording studio. 

Here are a few reminders why creating a dedicated space for your business is beneficial: 
  1.  A home office puts you in the right mindset for working and creating, by making you feel grounded and provides the right climate for you to focus It is easier to block out distractions, therefore increasing your productivity 
  2. It is a place where you can organize and easily access your work material and resources 
  3. It enables you to threat your entrepreneurial venture as a business instead of a hobby
  4. It enables your children and family members to see what you are doing as a serious undertaking, therefore creating greater respect and acknowledgement for your job 
 These reminders have worked for me and my clients, perhaps they can work for you. They just might make working from home a more rewarding and profitable experience. 

This article was first written by Dr. Cheryl Cottle and copyrighted © 2011 by Dr. Cheryl Cottle ● Cottle’s Professional Consulting.

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