How to Design a Productive Home Office for a Freelancer

When people hear that you’re a freelancer, many associate that with being basically unemployed.

What a lot of people still fail to realize is that being a full-time freelancer is almost the same as having a full-time job, with one of the main differences being the fact that you, yourself are the one that create your working schedule.

Another thing that many fail to realize is just how hard being a freelancer working from home can sometimes get.

The fact that you don’t have to get up every morning and go to the office can easily hinder the way you approach your freelancing endeavours.

So, in order to avoid making such a mistake that can seriously affect your business ventures, you should consider putting together a functional home office that will motivate and encourage you to treat your freelancing projects seriously. Here’s how you can do that.

Find the right place

First and foremost, you should determine the right place for your home office. For instance, you should avoid putting together an office in your living room or a similar high-traffic area because of all the distractions.

Being able to concentrate on the task at hand won’t be possible if you’re being constantly distracted by the TV, chatter and all other noises present in such spaces.

Next, avoid setting up an office near the kitchen because you’ll find yourself getting up and going for a snack more often than you otherwise would.

So, find a quiet corner or room in your home and set up your office there.

Use natural light

Make sure that the area or room you’ve chosen to become your new office is full of natural light. The reason behind this is the fact that natural light is one of the best motivators of productivity, so it’s only natural that you’d want to have as much of it as possible in your home office.

However, if natural light is sparse as is in your home, you should use the power of artificial light to your advantage. Layer various lighting solutions throughout your office to ensure opulent lighting.

An overhead fixture is definitely a must have but also make sure to add accent lighting, as well as task lighting – such as a desk lamp – to truly boost the illumination in your home office.

With the right light bulbs – always go for LED light bulbs as they are best at mimicking natural light – you will create a healthy, well-illuminated environment that will make you feel motivated and boost your productivity.

An empty room won’t do

Now, once you’ve chosen and illuminated the space, you need to make sure you furnish it. An empty room with a simple desk and chair won’t do a lot for your productivity. So, make sure you first paint your walls in a soothing colour but avoid shades that are too peace-evoking to avoid becoming too relaxed. These hues work excellent in a bedroom, but they are not the best choice for a home office.

Next, get some comfortable office furniture, such as a work desk and chair, but also a coffee table and a comfortable armchair or sofa, so that you have a place where you can spend time relaxing during those much-needed breaks. Finally, make sure you make it cosy. Add some interesting artwork, a couple of statement throw pillows, a comfy rug and fill the room with houseplants.

Boost your equipment

Finally, you need to understand that, even though you are working from home, you absolutely can’t afford to waste your nerves with subpar equipment, so just make sure that your internet connection is stable and top-notch so that you don’t get cut off during an important project.

Furthermore, install a separate business landline to ensure that your number is always available and used only of business purposes.

And since you’re most probably working on a computer, invest a bit more in a top-quality laptop so that you can always take your work with you no matter where you go. Some additions, such as Bluetooth speakers, a laptop cooling stand and even a gaming mouse are also welcome, especially if you’ll be using your computer for both work and play.

As you can see, you need to determine the right location for your home office, make sure you fill it with all the necessary equipment and make it as comfortable and appealing as possible. This way, you’ll trick your brain to approach your home-based business efforts in a professional manner – as they should be approached.

About Lillian Connors

As a senior business strategist, Lillian Connors believes that the question of business goes far beyond the maximization of profit through different money-grabbing ploys. Instead, she likes to think that ethical principles should be at the core of every commercial venture, paving the way for a much more balanced distribution of wealth on a global scale. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.