Working from home with no room for an office?

Create an office space at homeYou work at home, but your home is small – too small for you to have a separate room you call an office.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a room where you can create an office, make it a space you enjoying being in (i.e. photos that make you smile, art work that inspires, flowers, etc.)

However, for those of you who don’t have a separate room, here’s another tip about working from home that I promised in my last post.

When I started my business, I didn’t have an extra room. So, I created a space in my living room that became my office.

If you’re in that situation, you don’t have to sit on your bed with your laptop and cell phone.

Find a space where you feel comfortable and make it “yours.” Be creative. It can be a space with a small writing desk or a counter top where you place your laptop. Back in 1989, I bought a computer “station” – it was on wheels, had a shelf for my monitor, one for the keyboard & one for my printer.

Wherever your spot is, make sure you’re comfortable there (for instance, do you get a lot of natural sunlight shining through?).

Then, if you have a husband, wife, kids, roommate, be sure you make it clear to them that, when you’re in that space, you are working.

Ask them to respect and treat that as your “sacred work space.” You can’t have distractions. So, when they see you sitting there, they should act as if you were not home – you are at work (i.e. a real job).

Over time, you’ll find others respect that this is your livelihood and will give you the time and space you need to get your work done.

Have a tip about working from home or a challenge you’re facing in your home business that you’d like to share? Please post your thoughts in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.

Here’s to your success.

Debra Jason

Marketing & writing with heart, not hype at at The Write Direction
A recipient of the “Creative Person of the Year” award, Debra educates and empowers creative solopreneurs and enthusiastic business owners to create a lifestyle business that provides them with the flexibility, fun and freedom to do what they love. She also inspires you to communicate your marketing message in a way that captivates and converts your prospects into loyal, raving fans - even if you have been struggling with how to transform your ideas into words in the past.


  1. Wonderful idea for folks with not much room. Anything can become a sacred space, be respected in that space, and used for a purpose
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    • Thanks @Nancy. Do you have a separate, sacred space set up in your home? Tell us what it’s like.
      @Hele, having a loft helps a lot. LOL about your cats. I know a few people who consider those feline friends their business “associates”. Did you read the post about people taking you seriously when you work from home? It might be helpful with regard to your son. Thanks for sharing. ~Debra

  2. my office is in my bedroom – proud owner of a loft bed so the floor is all for the office.
    but getting the workspace respected took me about 6 years. now my son is knocking at the open door when he needs me … now we have to work that the cats will show similar respect! (am i dreaming?)
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  3. At home our office is shared between my husband and me, but one day when our girls get their own rooms we’ll lose office space. That will be a sad day! Ideally we’ll have added an addition by then, making room for a dining room w/ space for a desk, but who knows?

    Otherwise, I have a traveling office…I pack up my laptop and meet clients at the local coffeehouse, or head out to get some uninterrupted work done when possible.

    I’ve seen magazines showing how to turn closet space into an office just big enough to house a desk and maybe a file cabinet. Anyone ever tried that?

    • @Cassie, I haven’t tried the closet approach, but I have seen that in magazines. If you give it a shot, let us know how it works out for you.
      And, think about this, perhaps by the time you “lose” your home office space, you’ll so busy that you might want to have an office outside your home.
      Here’s to your success. ~Debra

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