Find a Small Workspace in Your Home
I never thought that having an office space could have such a huge impact on my business. Now that I’m 3 years in, I can confidently say that one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give to any small business owner is to have a designated workspace you can operate your business from. This does not have to be an entire room! If you don’t live in a home where you can have a whole room as an office, then I strongly encourage you to find an area in your house that you can use for your designated workspace. It could be the in the corner of your bedroom, a nook in bonus room — anywhere that you can fit a small desk! Trust me — this is really important for you and your business, and today I’m telling you why.
Avoid Getting Stir-Crazy
Having to work from home is already a really difficult aspect of running your own business. You don’t typically get a lot of interaction with people (unless you have kids or a spouse who works from home), and you can get a little stir-crazy. Because of this, you want to create an area in your home that helps you to feel like you aren’t stuck in the same place all day long. You spend your 8-hour workday in that workspace, and then when the workday is done, you leave that area and you don’t go back for the rest of the evening or weekend. Separating your work life from your personal life this way will help you to prevent feeling down that you never leave your home and will help you to stay even more focused on your work during your work hours.
Keep Your Productivity High
When Zach & I moved into our first apartment, I had a designated room that was an office space for me, but it was reeeeally messy all of the time. We had combined our two apartments from college into one 800-square foot apartment, and we didn’t have enough space for all of our stuff. So for the year we were in this little space, a lot of our stuff just sat in boxes in my office. It was what we had to do, but it…was…AWFUL. I just couldn’t motivate myself to sit in there and work because I would get really overwhelmed by the mess. I hated being in that space, and I frequently worked from our bedroom or living room. As a result of this, my productivity suffered greatly. I would get distracted easily, and because I didn’t want to be working in my space, I found any excuse to get out and go do something else. This was one of the reasons I was overwhelmed by the thought of taking on more clients, and it hindered my business. Help keep your productivity high by making sure your office fits your needs and that it stays organized.
Avoid Putting Strain on Your Body
When I was younger, I honestly sort of laughed at the idea that if you sit wrong at a desk or don’t hold your hands the right way while typing that you’ll have issues when you’re older. I never had issues with pain, so I didn’t pay any attention to it. Now that I’m older, I realize that this is actually a very serious concern and it does affect your body when you aren’t sitting properly. As I mentioned above, when I hated my office space, I would work from my bedroom or living room. I didn’t have a desk in either of those rooms, so I was propped up in my bed, or sitting on the couch. When I’d work from these areas, I’d start experiencing severe pain in my wrist. Obviously as an editor, this was a great concern for me, and getting carpal tunnel is now a serious possibility in the future. This is when I realized that I needed to make more of an effort to sit at my desk. Not only that, but I needed a desk and chair that was going to allow me to sit properly, so we sold the old chair and desk and upgraded to something that has been much better for me. Now, I don’t experience wrist pain as much when I’m working from my desk.
I can’t tell you how much of a difference it has made in my productivity to have a workspace that I love to be in. My furniture finally accommodates my needs for my business, and things can be organized and put away. I now only work from that space, so when I leave at the end of the day, I can leave behind any stress that comes with work. It’s done wonders for my business, & it’s one of the reasons I went from 2 to 15 clients within a year. So if you have really been struggling with your efficiency, try to figure out a way to have your own office space however you can! You will be so thankful that you did this!