Many small businesses I work with have a home office. This space is used full time and sometimes used on a part-time basis. But, however long they use this space, it is important that it is a productive and efficient space for their small business.
Here are ten home office hacks for better productivity in your small business:
Find homes for all your “want and need to keep” papers. This could be papers that are on your desk for research, papers in your files for long term storage, and even temporary papers.
Create a separate filing system for your personal files and your business files. Keeping your personal and business files separated makes it clear in your mind what each area is used for. It also helps with giving others direction when you hire someone to assist you.
Have at least one or two locked filing drawers or cabinets. Buying a cabinet that has a locked cabinet makes your office feel more secure. This tip is particularly useful if other people share your office. You can rest assured that your space is not being compromised.
Label all your files and bins. Assigning names to the different files and containers will help you remember where everything goes. Pick colorful and attractive labels, so you draw your eye to those labels.
Create different task areas in your home office. You should have an office supplies area, an incoming mail area, a computer area, an area to help with crafting new ideas, and a printing area that holds supplies. These areas help define your home office.
Have your books organized by topics, like marketing, bookkeeping, entertainment, etc… Quick access to reference books will save you time and help you get back to creating.
Have personal memorabilia stored away or displayed in certain areas. Just because it is your home office, doesn’t mean your space has to be cluttered with personal items. Only keep a few of your most treasured items on shelves or bookcases. Cluttering up the room may distract you to create. Remember, beautiful memories are great, but if you want to move forward, you have to stop looking back.
If you have a small room to work, think of creative ways to add your stuff and supplies. Vertical space works great for small areas. Floating shelves and floor to ceiling bookshelves works perfect for storing items you need more frequently.
Have a calendar system that works for you. It can be paper or electronic, large or small, basically, anything that will give you the area to jot down everything you need.
Make your digital files a hardworking machine. Make sure your digital files are setup for easy accessibility. Where are all your images? Are they in one area? Where are all your images for posts? Where are all your client files? Having files all in one location without subdirectories may be more time consuming when you are looking for a file. Reviewing your digital files and creating a documented system will help you see the downfalls and the areas that are working.
By using these hacks to get your office in tip-top productive shape, you will be more efficient in your day to day activities. And by placing these tips into effect now, it will save you time and help you make more money as well.
What is your favorite home office tip? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.
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