It’s no secret that the pandemic has pushed many people to work from home. But some companies are finding that their employees don’t want to return to the office. Instead of returning to work, or waiting out their layoff, many of these employees took the opportunity to strike out on their own.
By March 2020, there were almost 40,000 more small businesses less than a year old than in 2019, and that was just the start of the pandemic. Although new statistics have not yet been reported, the leap from March 2020 to March 2021 will likely show astronomical growth. In addition, there are over 60 million freelancers post-pandemic in the US. That is a lot of people using their home address as their primary place of business.
The growing popularity of home businesses has taken away a lot of the stigma that was once attributed to home offices. People are more willing to visit a home office, and they are less likely to judge someone for staying home. If you want to be able to entertain clients in your home office, here are a few design tips to keep in mind.
Create a relaxed but professional environment
It’s okay to make your office seem cozy and relaxed with a loveseat, accent chairs, and more. But you still want to keep things looking professional. Choosing a beautiful leather sofa or armchairs can provide a comfortable meeting area that breeds a more intimate atmosphere, which is often better for business discussions.
A good rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t put it in a reception area of a business office, you probably shouldn’t put it in your home office either.
Make the most of your space with the right desk
The right desk makes a big difference when designing your home office. Most offices are not large enough for two desks, but it is important to have a clear surface on which to conduct business without taking away from your normal workspace. An L-shaped desk is the perfect solution and will fit into most offices or dens.
You can get further benefit from your desk by choosing one with shelves, drawers, and file cabinets built into the L-shaped construction. This eliminates the need for additional office furniture pieces like stand-alone file cabinets or supply cabinets.
Don’t skimp on the chair.
While it is important to have a nice executive chair to give you the air of a professional and expert, this home office tip is really more for you than your clients. A nice leather executive chair looks great with mahogany or cherry-finished L-desk, but it is also quite comfortable.
You’re going to be spending a lot of time in that chair, so comfort is a big factor in choosing the right one. You may also want additional features like built-in Bluetooth speakers, massage and heat therapy, and several adjustment options.
A good executive office chair is definitely an investment, but it is far better than the alternatives. A good desk chair will last as long as 10 years, which means you save much time by not having to replace your chair annually.
If you are looking for more ideas for your home office, 1Stop Bedroom’s home furniture is a good place to start. They have a large selection, free delivery, and clearance prices.