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COPING WITH COVID & WORKING FROM HOME
by Tina Martin
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These Are the Steps to Creating the Perfect Home-Based Business Space

If you’re fortunate enough to follow a business model that allows you to work from home, you’re already ahead of many folks who are new to working remotely. At the same time, you need the right space and equipment for your business, no matter what you’re selling. Here are all the steps to creating the perfect space for your home-based company.

Secure the Funds for Any Upgrades

Ideally, you already have a home office that works or your business needs. If not, you might be looking at updating your home or even creating an addition. Renovations like remodeling a garage into an office space or extending a room require cash in hand, however. According to Budget Dumpster, you’ll need at least $6,000 for a garage conversion, while adding square footage can range in cost. For that reason, it’s worth investigating your options before making big plans.

Consider Moving Your Home and Business

An alternative to converting your existing home is finding a new house that suits your personal and professional needs. Purchasing a home can be an excellent investment, especially if expanding your current home seems too expensive.Crunch the numbers to determine your housing budget before making any moves to sell. Then, consult with an experienced agent to find out about available listings in your area. Your agent will also be able to help you navigate potential zoning concerns, depending on the type of business you operate from home. As Entrepreneur explains, zoning can be a tricky element of work-at-home business operation, so tread wisely to avoid conflict—and fines. Take note that acquiring a permit for your home business will require you to have already formed your business. If you still need to form your California LLC, you can use online services to get the ball rolling.

Plan Your Office Carefully

When it comes to the space you’ll be working in, planning ahead is essential. You’ll want to look at elements such as the presence of natural light, the availability of electrical outlets, and proximity to noisier areas of the home. Especially if you have children, designating the farthest bedroom in the home as your office can help cut down on noise and interruptions.Consider elements like ergonomic furniture, which can help reduce strain on your body when you wind up working overtime on your business. Ensuring that your equipment allows for proper posture is more important than an ergonomic desk chair, however.Don’t forget the importance of upgrading your technology as needed. This can include everything from a new computer to necessary software to a quality printer and, most importantly, a cybersecurity plan to defend and protect your devices and your business.

Keep Personal and Professional Pursuits Separate

It’s tempting to wander into your home office and send a quick email, organize some paperwork, or jot down a few business notes. But along with the perks of having your business in-home come a few drawbacks. Namely, the inability to separate your personal life from professional activities.In short, you need to create a separate physical space for your work and create behavior-related boundaries for your household. Stick to a set work routine each day to help cement your commitment to keeping work “at work,” even if it’s just down the hall. Especially for small business owners, 33 percent of whom tend to work more than 50 hours per week, setting limits is necessary to avoid burnout over the long term. Plus, outlining your work hours ensures family and friends respect your office hours—even when you’re only a few rooms away. Working from home running your own business is a dream for many. But to ensure your productivity and profitability, establishing a comfortable and accessible home office is vital. Fortunately, there are options; whether you want to finance a home renovation or move somewhere new to set up shop. Then, you can get to work running your company from your new and properly outfitted office.Photo via Rawpixel