If you decide to take the leap and work from home, you’re embarking on an exciting journey. This is a journey that could give you more time with your family, ease any stress you experience, and eliminate the word “commute” from your dictionary.
Given the change that working from home tends to bring in terms of lifestyle, it naturally follows that you’re going to have to make a few changes to your home as well. Your home is now your office, so it will need to adapt to its new changes. Here’s an essential checklist of all the changes that can ensure your home-working environment is as trouble-free and easy to use as possible.
1) Get A Desk
If you think you’re going to be comfortable working off a laptop on the sofa, then you’re in for a nasty surprise. That “surprise” is going to be “serious neck and shoulder pain after a few weeks of working in such a way. You do need a desk to work from comfortably, so if you don’t already have one, then this is an issue you need to resolve as soon as possible.
2) Control The Temperature
Trying to focus on work is tough enough when you’re working from home, but don’t make this problem all the more severe by trying to work in inappropriate temperatures. If you’re too hot or too cold while working, the quality of your work is going to suffer. Many people who work from home fear the cost of temperature-controlling their own home; your bill likely will rise, but it doesn’t have to rise to the point of being unaffordable. There are a range of heating and cooling systems which can make your temperature control more affordable; take the time to hunt, finding services here and offline that are as efficient as they possibly can be.
3) Get A Comfortable Chair
If you’re going to be sitting working at a computer, you’re going to need a comfortable chair with adequate lumbar support.
4) Alternatives For Your Tech
When you work in an office, if your computer breaks, that’s not your problem– you simply call the tech department and let them deal with the issue. This is a luxury you don’t have while you work from home, so you need to have backups for all of your tech — computer, printer, etc. — available to be called into use if needed. You rely on this tech to keep your business running, so you can’t wait for three days for a repair; you need to be able to get back to work as soon as possible. Choose cheaper options for your backup tech; just enough to keep you going while the repair process on your main equipment is completed.
5) “Natural” Light
When you work from home, you will likely spend less time outdoors, and thus less time enjoying natural light. The lack of natural light can become problematic; especially in winter, when the threat of Seasonal Affective Disorder is more acute. Invest in a lamp designed for SAD sufferers; it should be around 10,000lux, which means it effectively mimics daylight, benefiting your health.
Working from home is a huge change, but if you can tick off all of these items, it’s a change you should be able to take in your stride.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.