For freelancers, the self-employed, those setting up their own small businesses, or employees with the flexibility to work from home, having a dedicated space to do your job is a must. This article is full of tips for setting up your home office, essential gadgets you’ll want to get your hands on, and tactics on how to be at your most productive in the comfort of your own home.
The number of people working from home has been growing rapidly over the past decade. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) predicts that 50% of the workforce will be working remotely by 2020. More and more companies are offering flexible working for employees, acknowledging the benefits of working from home which include increased productivity, motivation, and the creation of a better work/life balance - cutting down on the stress, time and cost of commuting.
Create a separate working space
Separate your home office from your living areas so that you can minimise distractions and so that your co-habitants respect your working environment. It also works the other way around so that you’re not distracted by work when you should have knocked off for the day.Find out more
Keep it professional
Create an office space that looks professional and is kept tidy so that it keeps you organised.Find out more
Surround yourself with inspiration
You can have complete control over your home office, so make it somewhere you really want to be.Find out more
Focus on your health and wellbeing
Freelancers and the self-employed do one third more exercise than others according to Live Force (but may also eat more biscuits!) Design an office space and a working routine that has a focus on your health and fitness for happier and more energetic working days and less time off sick.Find out more
Check out this video from Forbes for some great tips and tricks for setting up your home office…
Make your working day much easier, more productive and keep up with the competition with these smart tech tools and gadgets.
If you have a home office or work from home then you should talk to your insurance company about your level of cover. You might not need a different policy from your home insurance but you need to make sure that your insurer understands your situation and you may need some additional cover. Insurers recognise three main classifications of home working on policies:
Other insurance considerations you may need to take into account:
It's worthwhile familiarising yourself with the different types of business insurance you might need. You never know what's around the corner.Read more
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