Youâ€™ve reached your limit â€“ if you have to work in a home office resembling a rubbish tip for five seconds longer, your head will explode.
Indeed, small businesses canâ€™t thrive if theyâ€™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.
Whatâ€™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 â€“ and yours will make you look no better than a rat in a sewer.
So, itâ€™s time to grab the issue by its interior designing horns. But youâ€™re a small business â€“ you donâ€™t have the cash to hire a Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen type. Youâ€™re going to need to get handy yourself.
With that in mind, weâ€™ve outlined a few things youâ€™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 â€“ and youâ€™re a DIY greenhorn, so you better get pretty good tools to blame.
First off, purchase a high-quality spray contact adhesive (youâ€™ll be able to find one here) if youâ€™re planning to bond a new desk or chair together. Decent glue can also come in handy when youâ€™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, youâ€™ve got a business to run â€“ you canâ€™t be hammering nails into walls for hours on end.
Colours of your company
Even the smallest businesses have to consider their brandâ€™s personality. Are you hip and cool, like a skateboarder from the 90sâ€™ 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 brandâ€™s excitable image.
Bear in mind, a colour scheme should put you in the correct frame of mind during every working day â€“ so choose wisely and well.
Donâ€™t waste time
As has been said, youâ€™re running a small business â€“ you canâ€™t afford to waste time. Before you begin working on your home office, find an alternative working space.
Youâ€™ll be able to allow plenty of time to redesigning your office while also giving up time to work on your business.