Working from home has really taken off in the past few years, for a lot of different reasons. For one, the advent of technology has made this option much easier. It is now a viable option to be able to communicate with clients and customers through email, social media, and other electronic means. It is also much easier for those who are setting up small shops to do so in their own homes and then market their goods online to others. But, for many people who set up their own home businesses, it can become quite difficult to separate the “home” from the “office”. Here are some tips on how to launch your business without having it take over all of your space.
Keep It Separate
This is a big one. Many people leave their job at the office and don’t bring work home. But when your job is just a few feet from your living room, that is a lot harder to do. One way to combat this is to set strict work hours. If you are going to work until 5:00, then stay firm with that decision and cut off the work at 5:00. Don’t let yourself overwork to the point that you strain your relationships.
Zoning and Tax Issues
If you are going to try to claim business expenses for your home office, you have to remember that the room cannot be used for anything else but your business. If you have a desk in a bedroom or a kid’s television room, that probably won’t pass with the IRS. In addition, many HOAs and Neighborhood Associations have zoning rules against running businesses in a residential area. Because of these issues, one of your best solutions will be to put your office in a storage rental space. In this way, your business office will be completely removed from your home and you can concentrate on your work while also reaping the benefits of the tax breaks.
Think About Space
Another problem that can be cured with a rental space is the idea that you don’t have enough space to work. With careful planning, you can decide how much space you need for your home office and then set up in a spacious, secure, climate-controlled environment that will give you an opportunity to get your work done in peace.
A final problem for working from home is that many people find themselves to have so many distractions that they cannot focus on working. Because of this, it may be necessary to temporarily block distracting websites like Facebook and Twitter during your work hours. It also helps if you can remove yourself from an area with a television or full kitchen so that you can truly concentrate on what you are doing.
Working from home can have incredible benefits for many people. But as with many business plans, there are some downsides that you have to factor in before you can turn your home business into a success. By working on these issues and planning ahead of time, you can keep your private and office life separate even when you continue to work from home.