With India’s gig economy growing every year, more and more young professionals prefer to work from home as freelancers. A 2019 report by NobleHouse found that 73% of its respondents opted for freelance work over a conventional full-time job. With this in mind, if you’re looking to capitalise on this growing trend, you’ll need a space that you can call your own to work out of. In this article, we’d like to help you with a few tips on how to create the perfect home office.
Finding the right office space in your home can be a bit of a challenge and it’s tempting to spread yourself around the house and use the dining table or the kitchen to do your work. This is why it’s important to create a separate space, not only where you can work without being disturbed but from a psychological viewpoint, having a place to “commute” to every morning is important as it gives you purpose.
Considering that you don’t have an extra room to use as an office, less frequently used spots in your home can make an ideal home office like the corner of the living room, or an unused loft. Interior design expert Trecy Martin’s idea is to use the space under the stairs, and fit a slim desk and some specially designed office cabinets for your filing.
Another aspect to consider is your ergonomics, and Business Insider explains that bad posture and repetitive stress injuries are a concern no matter where you work. Carefully set up your office ergonomically with a proper desk that will have your laptop at eye level, to reduce eye strain, and a comfortable chair that will allow for correct posture and comfortable typing. Bad posture will negatively impact your body, your mind and even your work.
Start by making a list of some of the basic office equipment you’ll require to do your work, including a laptop and a printer. With so many options on the market for both, choosing the right equipment can be daunting. This is why in our laptop buying guide under 50,000 rupees, it lists some of the best value for money laptops for multitasking and office use. These include offerings from Acer, Asus and Lenovo, among others, featuring Intel processors and enough memory to be able to handle any workload you throw at them.
When it comes to making the digital-physical, it’s important to choose a printer that is efficient, will have low operating costs and last you for some time. In Forbe’s guide to picking the best home office printer they explain that when it comes to working from home you are your own IT department, which means you‘ll need to fix paper jams, replace toner or ink and resolve other issues.
It’s best to find a reliable and low maintenance printer that will be able to handle the printing volume required by your business. In an HP guide to picking the perfect printer, the tech giant advises considering your average print volume as well as occasional surges when making your choice. Additionally, consider your budget for the initial purchase as well as longer-term considerations like cost per page, maintenance costs and energy usage.
Plants and Greenery
Lastly, when you design your home office don’t forget to decorate with calming aesthetics like hanging and potted plants. They can help evoke feelings of peace and relaxation and add colour to an otherwise drab space. Green plants can also foster better concentration by lowering stress levels, anxiety and fatigue. Plants like Bamboo Palm, Spider Plant and Aloe Vera, for instance, will also purify the air naturally and act as natural décor