With more and more professionals working from home, a dedicated home office is becoming a common trend in homes. Transitioning from a true office environment to a home office can be challenging, especially if your “home office” is more home than office.
The most important factor in setting up your home office is to have it be a space of its own. If you don’t have a room to dedicate to an office, use room dividers to break up a room into an office area and a living area. If at all possible, do not put your office in your bedroom. This may result in you checking work emails or working on projects when you are supposed to be using the bedroom to relax. Try to find a corner of the house that is away from the noise and activity of the living areas; you’ll be glad you did when the children are home for summer break.
Invest in filing cabinets and shelving to organize your business paperwork. The home office will look neater when everything is put away, and it will help keep you in the same frame of mind as in a traditional office. In addition, when your home office looks and functions like a true office, you can write off the space and equipment on your income taxes. Be sure the home office is an office environment, not a family computer area, because the IRS may ask for photos.