In today’s economy, working from home is becoming more common in the workplace. Making the transition to a home office saves on the month to month cost of renting an office building and allows you to expand your business by hiring employees who previously may have been beyond the boundaries that allowed them to travel to work every day. In addition, telecommuting reduces the need for employees to commute and allows them more flexibility when it comes to their working location and hours. Setting up your home office properly is crucial to a successful work at home experience. The following are a few tips for building a suitable home office:
- Space: Some people are able to work efficiently in their bedroom or at the kitchen table, while others require a more isolated area to work. Whatever your preference may be, it is important to have a place that is designated as your office space while you work; a place that is free from distraction, organized, and well equipped with everything you need to do your work.
- Manage by objectives: As a business owner, working from home has its challenges when it comes to your employees. Because you’re not working in an office with daily interaction with your employees, management takes on a whole new meaning. Instead of managing by observation of their day-to-day work, you now have to manage by objectives. In order to run a successful business that centers on telecommuting, it is important that you make clear to your employees your expectations of goals and results on a regular basis. Even though you don’t see them face-to-face regularly, you can still keep in close contact via email, Skype, conference calls, etc.
- Keep your home office connected in every possible way: One of the things that allow telecommuting to be such a viable option for so many businesses is the fact that staying connected has never been easier. Staying connected should include high-speed internet with video and conference calling capabilities, access to a printer, scanner and fax machine, a reliable phone line, etc. Before you transition to your home office, it is important to have all of these modes of communication up and running. Be sure to enlist the help you need installing phone lines, a category cable (aka Ethernet), wireless internet, etc. as these will be your source of connectivity with your employees, clients and other business associates.