Today, more and more Americans are working from home, whether as their own bosses or as an employee working remote. This upswing in home-based workers has led to an increase in home office demands and requirements. In a traditional three-or four-bedroom house, it may be more difficult than you originally imagined carving out a quiet, workable location that allows you to concentrate on your job.
Once you have chosen the room you will transform into your home office, take a thorough look at it. Does it have all of the elements necessary for you to work effectively and efficiently from this space? Some things you should be concerned with include:
- Does the room have hard-wired high-speed Internet service?
- Are there enough receptacles in the room to power all of your office equipment?
- Is there a landline phone jack in the room and do you require more than one?
- Is the room's lighting sufficient for a home office environment?
- Are you going to need cable run to the room if there isn't already a cable outlet?
Odds are the room you choose will not be immediately work-accommodating, so you will more than likely have to make some adjustments. Since converting an ordinary room into a home office can get quite expensive when you get contractors involved, you may want to consider doing the work yourself. By doing the work yourself, you will not only save money but you'll also have complete control over the quality of work being performed and not be left to trusting a contractor who may or may not be thorough.
With that said, making all of the changes to the room will take a lot of hard work, time, patience and material. If your job is changing your role to work remotely for their benefit, ask if you can get some time off to make the changes to the room. If they aren't complying, consider using your own vacation time to get the job done. It will be time well spent!
If you're ready to turn that spare bedroom into a well-equipped home office, then this series will help you accomplish that goal. The topics covered include:
- Dedicating a circuit for the home office
- How to install high-speed Internet in the home office
- How to install phone lines in the home office
The first step to transforming the room is to take a solid look at it. In your mind's eye, lay out how you imagine the finished room will look. For instance, think about where your desk will be located or where your printer or fax machine will be located. This will help you determine where you will need certain outlets and it will help reduce the need for extension cords or long phone cords. As we all know, a neat and tidy workplace is a more efficient one and you want your home office to be as inviting and clean as possible. Take measurements of your office furniture and sketch how everything fits into the room before you start the construction. As with all construction jobs, planning is the first phase. With your room all planned out, let's start the construction!
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Dave Donovan is a freelance copywriter living in Atco, N.J. An electrician for 15 years, an injury forced him to pursue his true passion - writing.