It’s the dream for us all – instead of work, you can just travel the world and explore everything it has to offer.
Of course, the more realistic dream would be to find a comfortable mixture between our working lives and our work lives. This dream is known as work/life balance and is often achieved through setting up an office to work from home.
If the idea appeals to you and you are looking for tips to get you started, keep reading!
- The first place to start is with a room that has a view. It can be the tree right outside your window, the house next door, or even the oil refinery in the distance. Wherever you choose to set up your legal office at home, be sure that you can easily look out the window to not only adjust your gaze to prevent eye strain, but it also promotes a healthy workspace and helps you to drift away during times of stress.
- Before you buy anything, book an appointment with a professional tax account using the Groupon Coupons page for H&R Block and see which items you can claim on your tax. Because you will be spending your working time at your home, there are many items in your home which you can claim against your business.
- It can be tempting to furnish your new legal office with items around your home. And while a lamp here and a painting there can be a good way to set up without breaking the budget, it’s important to remember that offices spend a lot of money on the right equipment for a good reason. Instead of causing yourself discomfort and pain by simply using a chair from the kitchen or living space, invest in proper office equipment, such as a high-quality office chair and desk space to increase your comfort and productivity.
- Just like a regular office, there are dangers and hazards which can occur in your home office. Items like loose carpet, frayed wires, and even faulty cables can cause pose serious health and safety risks. Not just to you, but also to your home and its residents. As you set up, consider the safety of each item you are installing. For example, use cord/cable clips to keep you from tripping over loose cables. If in doubt, consider hiring a professional to provide a one-time assessment of your new legal space.
- Does your boss ever ask you to take them to the mall during your working day? How about asking you to visit the store to get groceries quickly? The answer is, no, because you are working. The same applies when working at home. Establish your own set of working hours and tell everyone in your home that you are not to be disturbed during them. Extend this rule by either taking your home phone off the hook or setting your answering machine to pick up your calls as soon as they come in and before your phone rings to disturb your work day with personal matters.
Finding the right balance between your working life and your personal life is going to be an ongoing challenge, requiring you to make small tweaks and changes along the way. When this happens, be open to the idea and resist the temptation to just return to your regular office.