The number of freelance workers and entrepreneurs in the UK has risen by a whopping 36% since 2008 and the trend looks unlikely to change. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge and setting up a home office, there are lots of ways to ensure the move goes smoothly.
Set aside space
To be productive and shut out distractions, you’ll need a separate space to work in. That could mean converting the cupboard under the stairs into an easily hidden office, or using a whole spare room as your quiet area.
Make the most of what you’ve got
Space-saving solutions are a godsend when it comes to setting up a home office. Instead of opting for a flat pack, consider fitting your own wall-mounted desk. It can be as simple as attaching brackets and a surface.
A lot of your costs will be tax deductible. Essential purchases for conducting your business will fall under expenses or capital allowances, while a proportion of your rent, mortgage, utilities and even Council Tax are also partly exempt.
Choosing the right colour matters. Green, for example, can have a calming effect on your mind as you work. It’s also one of the top 2017 interior design trends and can give off a sharp, professional look when paired with metallic details and accessories like photo frames.
Look at lighting
Light has a big impact on our mood, energy levels and our productivity. Large windows that let in lots of natural light are ideal, but if that’s not possible then include suitable overhead and desk lights to avoid straining your eyes. Daylight bulbs that have a light temperature of around 6500K and a CRI of 96% will ensure you’re full of energy until 5pm.
Two-thirds of home workers say they sometimes feel isolated, so make sure you don’t let your work take over. Smart lighting from brands like easybulb can be set to switch off at 6pm so you ‘leave the office’, while timekeeping software (think Harvest or Toggl) is great for dividing up your schedule and saving you time for your personal life. Whichever approach you take for a work/life balance, remember that UK freelancers are often happier than their office-bound counterparts. So enjoy your move!
By: Jessica Foreman
Jessica Foreman is a Durham University graduate specializing in business and lifestyle based writing. She has developed her skills on projects surrounding The British Broadcasting Company, and running a print and online based magazine whilst at university. She is currently looking towards starting her Masters in Mobile and Personal Communications as well as broadening her horizons through traveling.