Confession: I live in a tiny house without a traditional home office. Not a cool, “trendy” tiny house that encompasses all the living space into a posh 200 square feet. But a typical sized house with two bedrooms and one bathroom built in the 1950’s consisting of around 780 square feet.
So what’s a home-based startup to do without a traditional home office?
The lack of space doesn’t leave much room for a home office but it’s still possible to find room for one. Sometimes having your own workspace is necessary to feel established as an entrepreneur. It doesn’t have to be big, but it should have plenty of space to let your creativity flow free.
When space is limited, the first thing to do is realize the lack of space doesn’t define you. Not having a traditional home office doesn’t make you any less successful as a business owner.
I mean, isn’t that part of the reason why you left your 9-5 in the first place? To have the freedom to work from anywhere?
Why would you create the same space at home that you were trying to escape from by having a traditional job?
Never set limits, go after your dreams, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries. And laugh a lot – it’s good for you! -Paula Radcliffe
Here are four ways to incorporate a home office anywhere.
Come Out of the Closet
Making room in a closet to set up office space is a great solution. And if you use a different color paint or add a different pattern of wallpaper to the walls, it will actually feel like a whole different room.
The plus side of this is that you can easily shut the doors and keep it out of sight when guests come over, which eliminates the need to keep your writing space neat and orderly.
Not Just For Dining
The dining room can double as a home office. Often we’re eating in the kitchen or living room, and not even using the dining room to eat in, so this is a great home office solution.
If you are using the dining room for it’s intended purpose, set up a cupboard to store your laptop and other office materials when the dining room is being used as an eating area. And when it’s time to get down to work, simply take out your laptop and notebook and get started.
Hit the Hay
While your bedroom might not be the ideal location to set up a home office, it might be the most practical. Typically the bedroom is only used at night and is completely ignored for the remainder of the day.
The bonus with this idea is that you can shut the door to keep out distractions!
Keep your laptop and other business materials close to your bedside. When it’s time to work, pull up a chair or settle into your mattress. This might not be the most comfortable solution for marathon brainstorming sessions, but it definitely does the trick when there are no other options.
Keep Your Nose in a Corner
Claiming a section of open wall space or the corner of a room is another great solution for space-starved home offices.
Often a console table can double as a workspace. Or add floating shelves to a wall to create a desk and storage space. The added bonus for this type of home office is that it is easily able to blend in with the room and the rest of the decor.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe
One of my favorite quotes is by Arthur Ashe. He says, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” And this is never more true than when it comes to launching your own business and setting up your home office.
Now it’s your turn. What are you favorite space-saving office solutions?