Creative entrepreneurs know how to make do with what they have and run away with it successfully. This is mainly the reason why home-based businesses have become more common. Whenever feasible, small business owners do not mind using their personal space as the physical space for their operations.
This, of course, requires proper planning.
Successful home-based business owners say that the keys to this are to clearly differentiate between your home and work areas as well as to know and make use of accessible, relevant services to support the enterprise.
So, if you are currently operating as a home-based business, study carefully how you can create a smart, workable physical space for it. This way, your home life does not easily spill over into your professional life, and your business does not negatively impact the quality of your home life.
To get you started on this goal, here are some tactics to consider:
Creating a more comfortable physical space for your business at home means taking out a lot of things that are not useful to your life at home as well as the business.
Decluttering is a serious task.
For this, you should consider getting a storage space at a facility in your community or neighborhood. With ample storage, you can tuck away everything you do not need at home at the facility, but, at the same time, have the convenience of retrieving items from storage easily.
As for the things that you do not think you will ever use again, if they are still useful, sell them or give them away. You can always use the extra money either for household needs or to increase your business funds. But, if they are just lying around as rubbish, do not think twice about putting them in the garbage bin.
If you have spare rooms at home, you are in luck. A sitting room or a spare bedroom, and even a garage can be used temporarily as an office, stock room, or production room. A lot of new chefs these days are known to use their living rooms for their home-based restaurants.
Whatever room you end up using for the business, make sure that it is properly equipped and designed to make you as productive as you can possibly be.
If you are already using a storage unit for the items that you have cleared out of your home, consider investing in a separate unit to hold your inventory and supplies. It always helps to have a bigger space to work in at home. Keep only a certain amount of stock at home and simply replenish as necessary.
Space is most beneficial for business when it is clean.
So, prepare converted rooms in your home for their new purpose by thoroughly cleaning them. You can do this yourself, but if you want to make sure that there are no traces of harmful bacteria or germs in the new workspace, consider hiring a cleaning service.
Professional cleaning services include steam cleaning, which is highly effective in killing off disease-carrying bacteria and germs. Steam cleaning can also get rid of deep-seated dirt and stains so that your new home workplace is totally spotless.
It’s important that your business space actually looks like one. Invest in useful pieces and even a few decorative ones to create a professional atmosphere for your home-based office, store or restaurant.
Determine how many people will be working in the physical space that you have assigned for the business, and make sure that the space is big enough for their activities. Comfortable movement directly impacts productivity so distribute workers evenly across the workplace.
Making do with what you have will not always be your business situation.
But, while this is the reality for you, implement the smartest ways to make whatever size or shape of physical space you have at home work to your business’ advantage.
Kim Hill works on Marketing at Adams & Rofe Removals and Storage and has been a dynamic figure in the removal industry for over 30 years. For relocating families, individuals or offices around Sydney or all over Australia, Kim will develop the perfect removal plan to take the stress out of your next move.