Keeping your business and personal life is key to staying sane. But sometimes it can be tricky if they take place under the same roof. So if you are deciding on setting up a home office, or need to renovate, follow these tips from HGTV and Lowe’s:
- Draw a line between work and play with your computer: although tempting to use the family computer for business, you should separate the two. It will eliminate the chance of someone deleting an important file.
- Install additional phone or cable outlets if needed to accommodate your various office equipment.
- Divide the office into 3 sections: the work center, the reference center, and the supply center. Put your desk, computer, and daily necessities in the work center along with a filing cabinet for easy access to important files. Put dictionaries, old print, books, binders, etc in the reference center. The supply center should hold, obviously, all your supplies.
These tips will ensure your home office feels like a space you can get work done in and will separate the personal from professional.
Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI GREEN
2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors