The following post is from the guest, Curtis Fisher from TradesBright.org. Tradesbright highlights the many stories of tradespeople who’ve gone above and beyond by using their skills to better their communities and help their neighbors. Photo: Pexels
Perhaps you have big dreams of starting your business but started having second thoughts when you realized your home isn’t big enough for both living and working. Maybe you’ve made the decision to move, but you’re nervous about keeping your business organized.
Working from home has changed the way many people think about buying a house. If you’re ready to begin house hunting for the perfect place for your personal and professional life, call Home Sweet Des Moines, (515) 783-9815, to get started. In the meantime, here’s how you can move and begin creating your empire at the same time.
Make Sure You’ve Found the Right Home
Before moving, it’s important to work with a realtor and communicate your needs. Make it clear that you’re moving due to lack of space, and you need an environment that will support both living and your business. Ideally, it is helpful to have somewhere that can serve as a separate office or workspace, depending on your needs.
Much of this depends on your business. If you are writing for a living, a simple home office should suffice. If you are an artist or plan on opening an Etsy shop, on the other hand, you need space for your art studio and packaging up items to mail out.
Keep in mind if you plan to bring customers or clients into your workspace at any point, you need the space to be presentable, and you might even need things like extra parking, a waiting area, or a client restroom. Think about things like whether privacy is important to either your work or your family, and if separate entrances will be a must-have. A detached garage might be the answer to that sort of situation, or a walkout basement might suffice. Talk things through with your agency — with the insider knowledge professional realtors offer, they can help you sort your options and find the best one.
Make Work Accessible From Your Suitcase
While you are in the process of moving, it is important to keep all your work and business information close by in a suitcase, rather than packed away in a box. You don’t want anything to get lost in case you need to access it on the road.
For everything nonessential, it helps to pack and coordinate in a way that makes assembling your new home easy. As Organize & Decorate Everything points out, the sooner you start packing, the better, as that will help you stay on track throughout the entire process. The quicker you can get your house set up and functional, the sooner you can focus on building your business.
Keep Work in Your Work Zone
Your work and workspace should stay separate from the rest of your home, even if it’s only a desk in a dedicated corner. If you start relocating things to different rooms, you can easily lose them and it could cause problems.
Keeping work in your office also allows you to “go home” when the day is done. This can make it easier to focus on being off in your free time, and vice-versa. This helps to prevent burnout, which Harvard Business Review notes can occur even faster when working from home because you’re never truly away from your job.
Think Down the Line for Both Home and Business
When buying a home, make sure you’re thinking about what will work best not only for the present but the future as well. Your home should be something that you will get a lot of use out of for many years to come. That includes if you decide to expand your family down the line, grow your business even more, or both.
Make sure you have a five-year plan in place to help you develop and expand over time. This can give you stability and longevity, key aspects when building a company. This will help you determine things like whether you would benefit from an advanced degree, or if you need to look at investors for your new venture. And it will help you determine if your home is suitable for higher rates of productivity and expansion.
It is possible to move while building and growing a business. Make sure you’re working with a professional realtor who understands your needs and can help you find the right home. Remember to keep your work easily accessible, while setting aside time for yourself, too. Above all, focus on ways you can develop your business and think ahead, for your home and your professional life.