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The increasing cost of rent is affecting businesses and professional ventures just as much as it is affecting home-seekers. This factor, coupled with ever-improving technology, is making it more attractive than ever for employers to allow their workforce to work partially or entirely from home.
Employees may be encouraged to complete all of their work remotely, interspersed with few face-to-face meetings with colleagues, employers and clients. This makes it all the more important to be in possession of a working habitat that complements working habits and aids productivity. Here is a guide to creating your home office for less than £500.
Laptop – £320
Assuming that you are beginning this process with nothing, then the first thing that you will need is a reliable laptop. There are affordable PC options with quick processors, large hard drives and the latest operating systems. Various free applications available to download mean that you are able to produce written documents, spreadsheets and presentations, whilst keeping in constant contact with colleagues at all times.
Study Desk, Chair and Lamp – £125
The study desk and chair need to be sturdy yet comfortable as it is likely that you could be spending upwards of 10 hours a day sat at and upon them. A study desk with drawers is preferable to allow you to organise all of your files, folders and pieces of stationery. An ergonomic chair is preferable, due to the prolonged stretches of time that you’ll spend there, due to their ability to safeguard against back pain.
A lamp is an absolute necessity, especially in those winter months, to protect against the straining of eyes.
Motivational Prints – £10
A couple of motivational prints can help cultivate the feeling that you are in a place of work. Without the office impression, it can be easy to fall into the trap of indulging in recreational activities. Choose prints that particularly resonate with you or serve to keep you relaxed and focussed.
Paint – £15
A fresh lick of paint will help freshen the room up and help create a positive working experience. A 2.5l tub of paint should suffice when painting a normal sized home office. Light neutral colours such as Antique White will help to keep the room looking bright and fresh. Make sure that you paint the room a few days before the working week begins, otherwise the fumes may make you a bit heady.
Files, Folders and Stationery – £15
One of the biggest challenges of going solo is producing an organisational system that allows you to remain on top of your workload, your responsibilities and dialogues. Adopting a structured filing process early on will make that challenge easier to achieve.