By Cherie Mclaughlin
You might be surprised at how much you have to think about when it comes time for your next meeting, but there is one thing that never fails:
The home office.
This space will make or break the success (and reputation) of any business and should thus receive careful consideration before construction begins- ensure this isn’t too much work!
We’ve put together some helpful tips below on designing an awesome HQ; we hope they help guide away all those pesky questions like “What type of paint do I need?”
If you plan on meeting with clients in your home office, then it is important that the space be comfortable and inviting.
You should offer some seating options for collaborative work or discussion as well as lighting so people don’t have to squint when they’re working beside me at my desk!
Your office is a reflection of you and it should be inviting.
For one thing, your workspace needs to have organization in order for clients who walk into the room won’t feel overwhelmed by how messy or dirty everything looks; they’ll instead appreciated that there’s an effort put forth from both parties towards making sure things stay clean during their time spent working together!
Furthermore – if possible- try using different colors/strategies like filing cabinets etc., so people are able find what they need quickly without having any trouble whatsoever while also giving off positive vibes throughout all areas.
Safety is also a concern for in-person meetings. Make sure your office is properly ventilated with an updated HVAC system complete with UV lights to kill germs, viruses, and bacteria.
Keep windows open on hot days, and refrain from meeting with clients if you aren’t feeling well.
Some of your clients may prefer virtual rather than in-person meetings, so you’ll need to prepare your home office for that.
Make sure your computer is up-to-date with a good webcam, a reliable microphone, earphones, and video-conferencing software that works smoothly with minimal skipping or lagging. It should also have an easy-to-use screen-sharing feature and a way to record meetings.
Even in a virtual meeting, you’ll want to look professional.
Consider your lighting so that you can avoid strange shadows and distracting glares, and pay attention to your background.
Choose a blank wall or a neatly organized bookshelf. If neither of those are options, use the background creation feature on your video conferencing software.
Mind Your Updates
Because the housing market has been on the rise in recent years, it’s wise to consider whatever home office updates you make in the context of adding to your home’s value.
If you plan on selling your home in the next few years, any updates you make now can potentially mean a higher selling price down the road.
A Few Other Considerations
As you work with clients from your home office, you should consider a few other factors to make your interactions smooth and protect yourself and your business.
You might, for instance, use invoicing and payment software for ease of communication and to minimize direct contact if necessary.
You could also look into forming your business as a limited liability company (LLC) to protect yourself and your personal assets in case of litigation against your business. Regulations vary from state to state, so do your research. You can avoid expensive legal fees by doing your own filing or hiring a formation service to start an LLC.
The Right Office
You’re going to spend a lot of time in your office, so why not make sure it’s a place worth spending time in? You may have to invest some effort into your new home office, but in the long run, it’ll be worth it to have that comfortable, inviting, safe workspace you deserve. Also, if you’re going to be hosting clients, consider forming an LLC to protect your assets.
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