3 Ways to Create the Perfect Workspace for Your Home Business
Have you shifted your businesses to a work-from-home model? You’re are definitely far from alone. The coronavirus pandemic has forced workforce dynamics to change quickly and businesses were forced to adapt. But this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Remote work comes with several advantages for business owners, including lower costs and enhanced productivity. Of course, making the switch from an office environment to a home-based business means setting up a new workspace that inspires you, enables efficiency and maintains the professionalism of your business. Here are three different ways you can achieve this!
Buy a New Home
Many people just don’t have space at home to run a business. Squeezing a desk into a dark corner of the living room is not conducive to productivity. If you need a little more square footage for your home-based business, consider buying a new home! A spare bedroom might be all you need. A great real estate agent like Charlene Kalia can help you find homes for sale in your area that will accommodate both your business and your personal life.
Your real estate agent will also help you navigate the tricky waters of house-hunting in the coronavirus era. For example, Redfin reports that buyers are touring homes virtually via 3D walkthroughs and video-chat tours in place of showings and open houses. You may even be able to make your offer and close on your new home remotely!
Convert your Garage or Basement
Not thrilled at the idea of moving? You may be able to make do with a basement or garage conversion. Of course, running a business from a basement or garage means losing a good portion of your home’s storage space, so you might have to do some decluttering to prepare.
Another challenge you’ll have to deal with in a basement or garage is natural light. Lighting can be a big problem in basements, so install plenty of light fixtures to prevent eye strain. To brighten up your garage, consider installing windows, repainting the walls in a lighter colour, and hanging mirrors. In order to transform your garage into a proper office, some other renovations you may need to make include insulating the walls, installing flooring, and building walls around unsightly areas like your water heater or laundry area.
Build a Separate Workspace
Another way to make space for a home-based business is to build a separate structure on your property. This is a great way to give your home business a professional appearance—a must if you’ll be meeting with clients at your home. Parking, curb appeal, and the route to your workspace are also important considerations for a client-friendly office, so keep these factors in mind when planning your home office build.
Also, make sure you insulate the building properly so you can work comfortably all year round. If your area gets a lot of snow, keep the building close to your house so you won’t have too much shovelling to do in the winter. Finally, before you break ground on your home office build, be sure to get the planning approvals and building permits you need to complete your project legally!
Running a business from home comes with several attractive benefits. Besides eliminating the commute and increasing your flexibility, you’ll be able to cut costs and increase your bottom line. Start planning your new workspace today!
Need to buy a new home to make room for your growing business? Contact Charlene Kalia for help finding real estate in the Toronto area. Send us an email or give us a call to get the ball rolling!
Article by Lisa Walker - www.neighborhoodsprout.org
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