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A Guide to Creating the Perfect Office Space for Your Home-Based Business
Whether you’re in the process of launching a home-based business or your current home office space could use some updates, this guide has all the information you need to set up your ideal workspace. Read on for some tips on redesigning your current space, renovating your home, and buying a new house that accommodates your small business.
Redesign Your Existing Office Space
If you’ve been working from home for a while, you may be ready to make some changes to your workspace — especially if you’re experiencing challenges such as poor productivity, frequent distractions, and/or a lack of storage. Perhaps you could soundproof the walls and doors to reduce distractions, or you could improve your office lighting to boost creativity and energy levels. Maybe your redesign could be as simple as painting the walls a new shade, switching to a standing desk, or sprucing up your desk with plants such as the Devil’s Ivy, Philodendron, or Dracaena.
Make Home Renovations
If your existing home office space simply isn’t cutting it, another option is to make a few renovations. Here are some office renovations to consider:
Building a home office addition.
Adding a wall to increase office privacy.
Installing a window for better office lighting.
Adding built-in shelving.
Installing a separate home entrance to be used by your business visitors.
As a few other options, you may wish to convert a garage into a space for your business — or add a backyard office studio. Backyard offices can be as large or small as you’d like, and they eliminate many of the distractions you’d face while working inside of your home.
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Buy or Build a New Home
As an alternative to renovating your home or redesigning your existing office space, you could buy or build a new house to accommodate your small business. Custom-built barndominiums are a popular choice among home-based business owners, as these properties are not only beautiful — but they’re affordable, energy-efficient, and easier to maintain than traditional homes. Plus, barndominiums can be customized to suit the needs of your home-based business.
Regardless of the type of home you’ll be purchasing, the process of buying a house while simultaneously selling your existing home can be confusing and downright overwhelming. Melissa Rudy of HomeLight shares some tips to walk you through the entire process with as few headaches as possible. Many buyers are looking for houses with functional home office spaces, so it’s a good idea to set up a temporary office as you prepare to list your home.
Other Considerations for Home-Based Business Owners
In addition to creating an office space, there are some other steps you’ll need to take when launching a small business. As a few examples, it’s important to review the zoning laws for home-based businesses in your local area. You’ll also need to choose a business structure if you haven’t already done so. Limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations, sole proprietorships, and partnerships are four of the main business types to choose from.
For home-based entrepreneurs who are looking for tax incentives, management flexibility, liability protection, and a simple business formation process, an LLC is a great option. Plus, if you file your LLC online using a formation service, you’ll save money on attorney fees and reduce stress throughout the business formation process. Just remember to check your local LLC rules before getting started, and wait to form your limited liability company until after you move if you’ll be purchasing a new house to accommodate your small business.
From building a custom barndominium to renovating or redesigning your existing workspace, there are so many options for creating an office space when launching a home-based business. Working from home has its advantages — especially during a pandemic — but it’s important to create a functional office space that’s private, comfortable, and free of distractions. You can’t earn a living if you’re unmotivated, distracted, and unable to focus on your work, so take the time to create an office space you love working in!
Shirley Martin of Tidy Life Today.