5 Essential Ingredients for a Small (Sometimes Portable) Office

Small desk in living room for home office on a wall (3D Renderin

Small desk in living room for home office on a wall (3D RenderinOne of the advantages of being a freelance writer is the freedom to work from wherever you wish, including working from your home.

And when you’re a freelancer, you’ll probably find that home is where you work the most. If you’re like many people, you may not have the luxury of claiming an entire room in your house as your private office.

If that’s the case, then look around with a creative mindset to find a space that will work.

Small offices can be created out of a closet with the door removed, in an unused wide spot in a hallway, in an enclosed porch or carport which becomes an extension of the house, in an attic or crawl space provided it’s insulated and the ceilings are high enough, or even under a staircase.

One writer friend of mine has a hideout in her barn where she escapes when other spots fail to give her the quiet she desires. Some writers partition part of the basement. If a dedicated space just won’t work, the dining table will do. Or you can get a lap desk for your computer and set up shop anywhere that strikes your fancy in the moment.

In my case, my husband and I travel several months of the year in our motor coach. So not only do I not have the luxury of a large office space, but my office has to be portable too. Like the folks using their dining room table, I must disassemble my office whenever we want to eat or use the table for some other purpose.

To create a productive workspace in a compact area, you’ll need five essential items.

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Christine Butler


  • Very helpful.

    When it comes to laptops, I’ll add that in the past few years I’ve downsized my laptop size as well as going from a desktop to a laptop computer. Instead of the 10+ pound Windows behemoth I used to carry (gosh, I do miss that 17″ screen!), I’m now on a 13″ Mac that weighs just over a pound.

    Sometimes I find myself with monitor envy, but I love that I don’t have to lug that weight around any more.


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