You’ve reached your limit – if you have to work in a home office resembling a rubbish tip for five seconds longer, your head will explode.
Indeed, small businesses can’t thrive if they’re operating from a pit of their own filth. Your productivity will be low, your drive to expand will dwindle and your home company will ultimately fizzle out like a thousand other business ideas before it.
What’s more, just imagine a client visiting your home office for a chat, or even just speaking to you on Skype. The location maketh the individual – and yours will make you look no better than a rat in a sewer.
So, it’s time to grab the issue by its interior designing horns. But you’re a small business – you don’t have the cash to hire a Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen type. You’re going to need to get handy yourself.
With that in mind, we’ve outlined a few things you’ll have to do before designing your ideal office. So roll up your sleeves and take a look.
Purchase the right tools
Every poor craftsperson blames their tools – and you’re a DIY greenhorn, so you better get pretty good tools to blame.
First off, purchase a high-quality spray contact adhesive (you’ll be able to find one here) if you’re planning to bond a new desk or chair together. Decent glue can also come in handy when you’re hanging a painting or laying new carpets.
Beyond that, invest in a toolkit from a hardware store like B&Q or Homebase. A power drill is also recommended to cut down on time. After all, you’ve got a business to run – you can’t be hammering nails into walls for hours on end.
Colours of your company
Even the smallest businesses have to consider their brand’s personality. Are you hip and cool, like a skateboarder from the 90s’ wearing their baseball cap backward on the Sunset Strip? Or are you a fusty business, fustier than Terry Wogan covered in cobwebs?
No matter what your business personality, your office design should convey it. Some might choose a regal purple or a calming blue, while others might want a wild and garish color scheme to show their brand’s excitable image.
Bear in mind, a colour scheme should put you in the correct frame of mind during every working day – so choose wisely and well.
Don’t waste time
As has been said, you’re running a small business – you can’t afford to waste time. Before you begin working on your home office, find an alternative working space.
You’ll be able to allow plenty of time to redesigning your office while also giving up time to work on your business.