Making the decision to work from home can be a big one, and it comes with a lot to consider, not the least of which is where you’ll get the work done. Creating a home office can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have much space or are on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are several options these days for home-based entrepreneurs.
Lets talk about some of them.
Make Sure You Pick The Right Place
The most important thing to do first before even considering to move on, is making sure you pick the right spot. The sudden swap to at home work has been jarring for many people who are not use to this kind of work. We see so many people in calls or during class meetings with teachers and others sitting at a kitchen table with madness running wild through the house.
The reality is this does not work.
You need a place that is somewhat private and away from as many distractions as possible. This is harder said then done but it is doable. Space is important and can either lead to great productivity or a daily slog where you drag your feet. Ideally as entrepreneur.com says, you should strive for a room that separates your home life and work life. Fianlly make sure the space you want to turn into a home office is fixed. Meaning you won't have to move stuff around and pick up everyday.
Once you have a space in mind, you can start to put it all together in anyway you see fit.
If your current home doesn’t have the space for an office or workroom, consider leveling up and buying a new home that will accommodate you and your business. This comes with considerable advantages, including tax write-offs, but you’ll need to think about the details before making a move. Make sure you search online for homes in your price range (Orange County homes have sold for $275,000 over the past 180 days), but before you do that, think about a realistic budget that won’t leave you with regret down the road. Next, find out how to get pre-approved for a loan and research different fixed-rate loan options (conventional loans, FHA loans, etc.) so you’ll have peace of mind, and look for a real estate agent who will be easy to work with and understands how COVID-19 has changed the market. Your agent will be a major asset, so he or she should be experienced and able to meet your needs right off the bat.
If moving isn’t an option but you don’t have much space in your home for a business, consider building a shed on your property that will give you all the room you need. The average cost of erecting a shed ranges anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000. Many entrepreneurs are going this route because it’s an affordable way to create space and stay close to home. The right shed will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter and will have ample room for your office, plus some storage solutions if you need to keep inventory on hand. One of the major benefits of building a shed to use for your business is that you’ll be afforded some privacy, which is important if you have a family and want to keep your private and professional lives separate.
Use a Spare Room
Turning an extra room in your home into an office or workspace can be a challenge, especially if it doesn’t have much square footage. Take into account the location of the room within the home; if it’s near an area that gets a lot of use by the family, you’ll likely regret your decision to turn it into an office. The room should have a door, access to the internet, and plenty of light. Keep in mind that even a small space can be turned into an office if you have the right equipment; there are many different kinds of organizational tools and furniture on the market these days that will allow you to function easily no matter how big the room is.
Make It Work for You
Remember that not all home office spaces are made equally. You don’t have to model yours after another; it should be specific to your needs and accessible to you and anyone involved in your business. Many disabled individuals choose to work from home because it’s much easier for them to do so, and if you’re living with a disability, make sure you design your home office to work for your needs. You deserve a space to create and work that is a perfect fit!
Creating the perfect space for your home-based business is a very personal thing, so take your time and do a little research on your options before making any decisions. Be realistic about what you require and how much you can afford from the very beginning.
Freelancing In 2023
Now that you have that new office in the works, have you heard about freelancing? Interestingly enough some people have some rather strong and harsh feelings towards freelancers. Being able to mostly be your own boss, work from home, pick your jobs, and sometimes even pick your wage, freelancers have a wide range of freedom in their day to day. Freelancers are great people who help many companies succeed when a normal employed worker could not. And going into 2023 freelancing will be stronger then ever.
According to Forbes, "When hiring pauses, the work continues. Fiverr found 78% of companies will rely on freelancing in 2023 rather than add staff. Post-pandemic remote policies make it easier to integrate freelancers." With that being said it is clear become a freelancer is a great option rolling into this new year. Website Planet put together a fantastic guide for becoming a said freelancer this year, it is highly worth a read.
It might be time to dust off that Fiverr account and update those prices, it could be your time to shine.
Covid changed a lot of our lives forever. It also changed the world for ever and many of the industries we come to know. Even real estate has been effected and thrown into a digital age. But while it looks like we made it through to the other side of the tunnel, Covid is still around and it is still brining lots of issues. Especially in large population centers like NYC. We just checked in with the city in this blog --> "How's New York Doing?" make sure to check that out for more info on how large population centers are doing.
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