Tips for Setting Up an Efficient Home Office

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“I work from home a lot. I think I get as much work done at the office as at home, and I’m used to working with people who don’t work in the office. I don’t really care where they are, even if they’re on a banana leaf somewhere. If they deliver their work, I am completely fine. I don’t need someone sitting at their desk to produce.” Kate Spade

The current coronavirus pandemic is reshaping how and where jobs are performed. Millions of commuters now find themselves working at home, trying to accomplish their day’s work from the living room rather than the office.

If you’re an established freelancer, you probably already work from home, so you haven’t had to undergo this shift.

But if you’re still in the process of launching your writing business, and you have a traditional job in the meantime, this sudden move to working from home can feel like a whole new world.

There are a lot of advantages to working from home. But while many people think working from home means you can sleep in late and that getting dressed for the day is optional, the reality is you’ll find you’re most productive at home when you treat it like a job and maintain a proper workstation along with a predictable schedule.

What we’ll do today is take a look at some basic things to keep in mind when setting up a home office. Even if you’re already working from home, some of these suggestions might help you make your workspace more efficient and your day a little easier.

1) Decide on the best location for a home office — For some people, it’s an easy choice — they have a spare room they can dedicate as office space. But if space is tight, you have to think creatively about where to set up shop.

Check out unused corners in larger rooms… large, empty closets that can be converted… even an open corner in your basement.

Before my daughters moved out and I was able to commandeer one of their bedrooms to use as my home office, my workspace consisted of a large desk against one wall of my bedroom. I set up bookshelves above the desk to hold all my programs and source material.

You don’t need a lot of space to create a workstation, but it might require you to look at the possibilities with a fresh eye.

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John Torre

I reside in North Brunswick, NJ, with my wife, Lynn, and daughters Kasey, Jaclyn, and Shelly. We also have a 110 pound, lovable Rottie named Leo that keeps us on our toes! When we're not hard at work we enjoy spending weekends at our bungalow down the Jersey shore, or take extended trips to Walt Disney World as members of the Disney Vacation Club. For kicks, I draw on my dominant "right-brain" and play guitar in classic rock and blues bands, act for local plays and independent productions, and enjoy writing creative fiction. I'm a published author in short fiction and stage plays and a graduate of a local community college's Commercial Writer's Certificate Program. After graduating from the program I was selected as an instructor and taught "Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror" writing for 8 years. I enjoy many fine relationships I made with my students to this day.

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