3 Home Office Upgrades To Boost Your Home-Based Business's Success
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If you’ve been working from a home office, you understand that having no commute, being able to care for children at home, and being able to make video calls in the outfit of your choosing are just a few of the many perks that come with the position. When planning to make a work-from-home job permanent, you should consider upgrading your workspace with a bigger home and more recent technology as well as investing in proper ergonomic equipment to prevent pain and strain.
Start by looking at these three upgrades that will boost your productivity and success.
As you move forward with your home-based business, remember to connect with the skilled professionals at Luxury AZ Living if you need a larger home!
1. A Faster Computer
Regardless of your occupation, if you work from home, you will likely be using your computer for a plethora of communication, housekeeping and tracking tasks. If you’ve been struggling to load documents and create spreadsheets on a 10-year-old laptop you’ve had since college, or if you’ve tried to ignore the way your desktop computer lags when editing graphics for your job, you may need to look for sales on a new computer that’s up to the task.
You likely use video chat software as well as collaborative documents to communicate with your colleagues or supervisors. A computer with faster processing speed, more storage, and upgraded displays could be considered an investment in a career that you love and have worked hard to build.
2. An Ergonomic Desk Chair
As Mayo Clinic explains, the quality and arrangement of your desk chair plays a big part in your back and neck health. Choosing a chair that allows you to put your feet flat on the ground, type comfortably on a keyboard — that preferably rests on a separate keyboard drawer along with your mouse — and gaze at your computer screen at a 90-degree angle is the ideal ergonomic arrangement.
If you frequently find that you end your work hours with lower back pain, search for chairs that have lumbar support or purchase a separate lumbar support pillow to reduce the strain on your lower spine. You could also look for a massage pillow to accompany your new chair!
3. Space To Work
Even if you purchase a fully ergonomic workstation that features the fastest computer you've ever owned, if you don't have the space to do your job effectively, you may want to consider moving to a home that can better accommodate your needs. You will want to work with a Luxury AZ Living real estate agent to find a new home offering sufficient space for both your growing business and your family.
An office space should be used for one thing only: work. Look for a new home that features a bonus room, a spare room, or another dedicated office space that is separate from the rooms your family will use for sleep and recreation. Any spare room can be easily converted into a home office if you like the idea of a home improvement project, or you can hire a contractor to upgrade a garage, shed or basement.
Your new home's location may play a part in your desire to relocate as well. Remember that coastal properties are often more expensive than ones inland, and homes in the country are often larger and include extra rooms that you may need to accommodate your home-based business.
Last But Not Least
You're close, but you're not finished yet! Remember to save your receipts and look into tax deductions on your home office expenses. If you want to take things a step further, set up an LLC, which provides some tax benefits and helps protect your personal assets, such as your new home, from liability. With your i’s dotted and t’s crossed, you’ll be set up for success!