The following article is about ‘Meantime’ Home Office For The Work Online Professional. Imagine you’re nearly finished with your online tasks. You stand up to get a cup of coffee or answer call of nature, or whatever it is you need to do. Now, here comes your child, plays with your laptop, clicks something and then your laptop shuts down, effectively closing your unsaved file. No amount of shrieking at your child will put back your unsaved file, so you try to keep your cool, and try re-write what you’ve written.
Waste of time isn’t it? Stressful, too. The thing is, many online workers have experienced accidents like this. Lesson: Save your files regularly, but more especially when you must leave your computer, even for just a minute. But there is another lesson from this: if you are a home based work online professional, you have to have your own place. A space that is separate from home activities will help working on online jobs less stressful.
Ideally, your work space should be separate from the rest of the house. A room, perhaps, where none of your housemates can go in, unless they also work there. Let’s say you don’t have a big space, and your budget is tight that constructing an office space for you is out of the question. You can still cordon off a space in your home that will be dedicated for your work. Even if the budget is tight, you have to set aside something for your space. After all, this is where you make your income at home. You deserve to have a space in the house where you can work well and away from the hustle and bustle of house work.
Let us disregard for the moment the size and ambiance of your home office and focus on the essentials for minimally budgeted work space.
Your office space must have all the things you need. Computers and computer accessories, office table, telephone, comfortable chair and other necessary office supplies should be within your reach all the time.
Keep your office clean. Sure, you are busy and cleaning may take a while. But a clean office actually saves you lots of time in the long run. You won’t have to spend several minutes looking for that stapler or folder.
Keep away things that are not related to work from your home-office. Kitchen utensils (other than those you need in making coffee) and kiddy stuff like dolls and toys do not have a place in your home-office.
Lighting in your home office should also be adequate to prevent eye strain. There should also be a good air circulation. In short, make your home office conducive to working.
As your home business grows, you may slowly improve your home office. You may also have to put some corporate-appeal to your office to get you more in the mood to work online, but that may be for later. In the meantime, ask everyone in the house not to get near your work station, unless it is for something work related. Have the older ones model good behavior to your children by avoiding crossing your work space.