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In this new ‘gig economy’, it is estimated that over five million people in the UK are paid for the individual jobs they do, rather than more traditional long-term employment. While it may not be as secure as a standard job, this ‘freelance’ approach to work can give people much more flexibility around their everyday lives. Plus, it can allow them to work when they want to, rather than when they have to.
Many busy professionals, particularly those living in-and-around a city center, pursue work through multiple different avenues, and so need a creative space at home where they can focus on succeeding in whatever hobby or passion they might want to monetize. For the budding freelancer that’s looking to maximize their income on the side and maintain a creative and professional work environment at home that mirrors the office, take a look at this list of tips on how to create the perfect home office.
How to set up the best small office interior design
Create a calm environment
One of the most challenging aspects of freelancing is trying to keep a consistent schedule and maintaining motivation. As freelancing is self-sustained, learning to differentiate between work and leisure time in your home can be tricky. To combat this, make sure your home office is as focused as it can be, and removed of any distractions. Find the quietest area of your house, separate work from leisure (so that the two don’t get conflated), and turn off your phone if it’s not crucial to work.
Making sure your space is simple and free from clutter will help to aid in concentration, and so think about what you will and won’t need in your workroom, particularly if you’re already working on restricted space. For inspiration, why not look to property investment companies such as RW Invest.
In many of their development projects, where maximizing efficient space is imperative, they use minimalist designs that make the most of the space they have and allow the tenant to focus on what’s important. Students and young professionals living in the city in studio apartments and flats are increasingly being drawn to these sorts of design, as they tend to meld around the person and help them to become more productive.
Get the right equipment
Getting things done efficiently and to the best of your ability should be a priority when working from home, as it means that you can still have time to unwind and relax. Having the right tools and tech to help you stay productive is imperative. For freelancers and those with an online presence, invest in a decent computer with a good internet speed that won’t stutter and lag behind when you’ve got a great idea that you want to jot down.
Additional items like a printer, scanner, and even shredder might feel like excessive purchases that aren’t essential to success, and many can indeed succeed in this day and age with just a laptop and a smartphone, but being restricted by not being able to print forms or send things off, for example, can interrupt your workflow down the line. Making sure you have everything you need will give you the best possible chance of smooth success.
Top-tip: Some decide to even set up a specific phone for home-office use, as you would in a traditional office environment. While this might be a bit unnecessary for the budding freelancer, creating an email address specifically for your business inquiries is a simpler, modern alternative. Not only will doing so allow you to categorize and organize your mail more quickly, but it will help you to allocate your time better to deal with more focused tasks.
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