This custom JWH Design & Cabinetry  design showcases a home office with unique “library” wallpaper, modern built-in desks and orange accents.

Take The Steps to Create Your Dream Home Office 

Though you may be following your passion, owning a small business is still work. To do your best work, you need a dedicated office space with room for all your professional tools and equipment. For many homeowners, establishing a workable space can be a challenge. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to redesigning your office, renovating your home or even moving.

Outline Your Office Plans: What Do You Need?

Your company is as unique as you are – which means there’s no one-size solution for office space. Some entrepreneurs only need a computer and fast Wi-Fi to get working. Other business owners need ample space to store products or equipment. Still others need an area to meet with clients to close deals or provide services.

Outline your needs before you start moving furniture or ordering a new desk online. If you find that significant renovations are on the to-do list, it’s time to get serious about the expense and enlist experts like JWH Design & Cabinetry.

Renovation 101: Home Office Spaces

Many home-based business owners turn to renovations to expand their home for organizational operations. The best news is that there are countless ways to overhaul your home for work responsibilities. Think about whether these renovation projects could suit your business needs:

  • Converting a garage to an insulated workspace
  • Clearing out an attic to make an office alcove
  • Bumping out an existing room for some extra square footage
  • Dropping a prefab office space in your backyard
  • Adding a room addition to your home, whether by building up or out

No matter which option you choose, there may even be business tax breaks involved, so track your expenses.

This gorgeous built-in reflects a savvy use of small space. Check out more projects like this one at our JWH Houzz Profile.

Cover All Your Bases

A renovation could be just what you need to create an office space that suits your business model. Of course, there are other considerations for building your biz at home. Think about local regulations and whether you need permits for either structural or cosmetic updates.

Also consider your business license, permits and overall company structure. Different states have various policies about business formation, for example. Forming an LLC in the state of New York can help cover legal and financial bases. Filing on your own or with a formation service can help you square away essential paperwork, so you avoid legal troubles later.

Working with What You Have?

For those who can avoid major renovations, redesigning your space is still a must. From an empty guest room to a cluttered storage area, not every spare space in your home is conducive to getting work done. Apply some creativity – and smart organizational strategies – to get your office up and running.

For example, you may not be able to create windows where there are none. But The Spruce explains brightening up your work area can do wonders for your mood – not to mention your vision. Add lighting to enhance your workstation, and you might just feel better about the pile of tasks you need to tackle. Cultivate positivity elsewhere in your home, and it’ll flow into your workspace, too.

A bright coat of paint is another office must-have; especially for creatives, colors like yellow and blue can get your mind moving.

These empty nesters converted an extra bedroom to an at home office with plenty of built in custom cabinetry. Design by JWH Design & Cabinetry

No Way to Work Around Your Existing Home?

For some business owners, there’s just no feasible way to create an office space at home. Whether it’s a too-small floor plan or the fact that you’re renting and can’t put up a bulletin board, let alone renovate or paint, your existing home may not be the perfect business base.

If you’re itching to expand your living space and work area, consider buying a home. For current homeowners, favorable rates could mean an upgrade is in your future. Becoming a homeowner may also be a good move for people who are currently renting. Just be sure to do your research beforehand – a task made simpler with a handful of apps.

Establishing a home base for your business is an excellent way to get serious about growing your company. The right space can make or break your entrepreneur mindset – but these tips can help you make a smart office setup happen.

 

 

Article Written by Tina Martin of Ideaspired.