As an entrepreneur you need a space to call your own...a place where the creative juices can flow freely and interruptions can be kept to a minimum.
Whether your space consists of a converted closet, a spot under a stairway or an entire room within your home, your work area should be a space to call your own. It really doesn't matter whether you have a separate room that you can designate for conducting business. Even if you're able to only manage a corner in your dining room to set up a desk (or table) and your computer then so be it. That's your workspace.
If you are fortunate enough to have access to an entire room within your home, then good for you! That's even better! No matter where your space is, stake your claim! It is your territory and other family members should recognize and respect your space, and make it a point to keep out.
Once you have established your space, then you have the fun-filled chore of setting it up and organizing it to meet your needs. Always keep in mind the amount of space you have available. Carefully select the furniture and equipment that you MUST have in order to meet your needs.
Arrangement of the furniture and equipment is a very important part of organizing your office. Make sure you place each piece so that it is safe and within your reach for efficiently conducting business.
If you will be meeting with clients in this particular space, create a professional and tasteful decor...possibly one that reflects the type of work you do. If you are a photographer, fill the room with samples of your photography work. A wedding consultant may choose to create a more romantic look for her soon-to-be brides and grooms.
If the office won't be used by customers or clients, do your own thing! Occupying a room in the home with a door that can be closed behind you at the end of the day has a definite advantage over one which occupies a space in the corner of the family room. Why? One of the most difficult things that entrepreneurs find they are faced with is knowing when to say enough is enough and walk away. Having a door to close behind you may make it easier to walk away at the end of the day.
If you don't that luxury in your workspace, then you must force yourself to stop working at a certain time, stick to your schedule, and walk away. If you have to, turn off the computer and put away all of your items that would tempt you to be drawn back to it. Make your work space as comfortable and familiar as possible, as you will find yourself spending a great deal of time in that very area.
With smaller children it's critical that your workspace be secured when you're not around. Can you imagine what a curious toddler would do with a pile of your business papers and some pens?
Everyone's idea of a perfect workspace differs from one to the other, just as the type of work they are in. Therefore, it's up to the individual, and the requirements of their specific occupation, as to how much space is needed and in what part of the home works best..
With many, it may even be a matter of trying out several places in the home before deciding on which one best meets your specific needs. Be creative and discover what personally works for you in establishing a workspace to call your own.
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