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.