A Home Office that Makes You Look Good
January 29, 2014 § Leave a comment
Doing business from home requires a comfortable, professional office space. If you’re planning to meet with clients in your home office, there are a few things you should do to prepare the room so you can make a good impression.
Separate Home from Office
You might not mind stepping over the kids’ toys to get to your workspace, but leading clients through clutter is a recipe for disaster. What you see as normal may equate to chaos for people who aren’t familiar with your family. Your best bet is to use a room that’s close to your front door or one that can be accessed from a separate entrance. If you have a room that you don’t use very often, such as a guest room or formal dining room, consider converting that into your home office space.
Keep It Clean
Personal spaces are subject to all kinds of messes, including papers, unopened mail and reference books piling up on the desk or the floor. You don’t want to bring a client into the midst of this disorder. Before having any meetings, get your office in shape. File important papers, put books back on the shelves and make sure everything is in order. Don’t hesitate to throw out things you don’t need if it serves to clean up the space.
Have the Right Supplies
Nothing is more embarrassing than having to sprint out of the room in the middle of a client meeting to grab a pen or some paper from another part of the house. As you’re setting up your home office, make a list of all the basic supplies you’re likely to need and stock up on them. Pens, pencils, file folders and computer accessories such as printer ink are just a few supplies to consider.
Decorate for Comfort
A home office should be comfortable for you as well as the clients you entertain. On days when you’re not seeing anyone, you’re still going to be spending a lot of time sitting at your desk, working on the computer or slogging through paperwork. Check out local furniture stores in MA and RI for deals on desks, chairs and accessories to create an inviting work space. Also check your attic and garage for stored items that can enhance the office with color and light.
Reflect Your Brand Image
The office space you design should convey the image you want clients to associate with your business. What makes a brand distinctive is what gives it staying power. Try adding some quirky artwork if you’re a laid-back company or incorporate brainteaser puzzles into your desk decor for a “geek chic” look. The trick is to avoid a sterile environment, since this creates a stiff feeling that’s counterproductive for you and uncomfortable for your client.
At Cardi’s Furniture, we can help you get started with designing a professional face for your home office. Check out our website for inspiration.