5. Consider your Comfort
Unlike your commercial office space, you have the flexibility to design your home office in any manner you choose. So why not make it as comfortable as possible? Update your office with an ergonomic chair and ergonomic equipment such as your keyboard and mouse. Less strain on your back and hands translates into improved productivity.
Also think about adding a bit of “green” to your workspace with office plants. Research indicates that ” plants significantly lower workplace stress and enhances productivity.”
6. Stay Organized
Organization is a contributing factor to improved productivity.
Does your home office allow for a bookcase, shelving or filing cabinets to keep things organized? How about your desk? Is it cluttered or do you have all your desktop items neatly put away in drawers or a desk organizer?
If you are pressed for space, there are a number of multifunctional desks or tables that are designed for small spaces yet provide you with ample storage and organization options.
7. Don’t forget Tax Deductions
The IRS allows self-employed individuals to take home office deductions.
The amount you are able to deduct depends upon the size of your office, as well as all items in your office that you utilize for work. You can also take partial deductions for your Internet service, business phone line, and other utility services provided they are utilized in your home office. Consider these advantages ahead of time when designing a functional home office space.
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Gwen Stewart is a business development professional and writer for Outbounding.com on behalf of ShareFile, a platform that allows businesses to create a custom-branded, password-protected area where files can be exchanged with clients easily, securely, and professionally. In her spare time you can find Gwen hiking, reading and enjoying the company of great friends.