Home Office Decor
Are you running a business or working from home? Blending home with the work place is becoming more common these days.
If you are working from home, your office space should help you to do your job efficiently and comfortably. Just because your home is also your office doesn’t mean that you can not have a professional-looking area to work in. Whether it is large or small, the office is your work environment. How it looks will affect you and your clients.
If possible, try to have a separate entrance to the office or at least one that does not have the client walking through the living area. You may want to consider calling on your clients or meeting them in another location if your home office does not allow some privacy.
Regardless of where you meet your clients or what type of job you do, the décor of the office is important. After all, you have to spend many hours working in it. There are some inexpensive ways to achieve the desired results.
To decrease the amount of clutter on your desk, holders for business cards, paper clips and various other work-related items are essential. Try to place the business card holder where your clients will be apt to help themselves.
These organizers can be creative as well as versatile. For example, if you love golf, then why not consider a golf pen and pencil holder? If your client likes to play golf, it may help to break the ice when you are meeting for the first time.
Is your work area very small? You can select from a wide variety of all-in-one desktop organizers. These are available in a many styles and price ranges to satisfy both your organizational needs as well as your budget.
Every office has books and manuals that seem to end up scattered on shelves or on the floor. Why not purchase bookends to place these in an upright position, organized by category? This will save you time when you are trying to find that manual on the product or service that you are promoting.
Don’t forget the decorative accents for your office. A wall plaque that displays your company logo will help to make sure that your clients remember you after the meetings are over.
Glass paperweights are pleasing to the eye and practical, too. There is an array of styles to choose from, such as a glass dolphin or elephant paperweight, to keep your daily paperwork intact.
Since you are probably working alone, keeping yourself organized is important. The electronic personal organizers have a calendar for scheduling your appointments and a notepad. Try to find one with a calculator to save time when offering a price list to a client. They also have pockets for storing business cards and those receipts that are so important to file for tracking your expenses.
Purchase a good quality briefcase then keep it packed with some of the items that you use on a daily basis. For example, include a supply of your business cards and any type of contract or agreement that is required as a part of your service or product. Of course, if you carry a laptop computer with you on your business calls, then try to find a case that can accommodate your computer as well as any other items. Carrying more than one briefcase can be awkward, especially when you are trying to find something during a meeting.
For in your office as well as in your briefcase, pens and pencils are a must. The flow of conversation can be disrupted if you must rummage for something to write with. To make sure that you have a pen when you need it, keep several in your briefcase as well as one in your personal organizer. Having pens and pencils engraved with your company name is an economical way to advertise. You may want to consider purchasing some pen sets, then have them engraved, to give as a gift at special times of the year or when closing the deal.
Of course, all of these items make nice corporate gifts. For those of you who work a few days at home and a few days at the office, office accessory gifts for your co-workers as well as your clients will be something that they will use throughout the year.
Do you know someone who has lost their job and is considering a home-based business? A gift for their new office is a great way to let them know that you support them in their new endeavor.
Are you feeling tense? If you want to decrease some of that workday stress, then think about a Zen garden or fountain for in your office. There are miniature versions to accommodate even a very small office space.
Whatever your reason is for working from home, you can have an office space that will help you to work efficiently as well as maintain a professional appearance well within your budget.