In Part 4 of the B.O.S.S.Y. blog series, we take a look at setting up your work space. I call it an office, you may call it a studio or a lab. It is the special place that’s all our own where we make our magic (and our money). Even if you don’t have any paying clients yet, it is crucial to establish a designated place, usually in your home, that is all about business.
Sure, us homepreneurs often craft at the kitchen table, write emails from our bed while catching up on Wendy Williams, and sketch in the middle of the living room floor. However, the moment you decide that your talent or hobby is no longer a leisure activity, but a real business, you have to carve out a space meant for a Boss.
Try these tips to get your physical space in line with your business vision.
1. Consider Your Biz Type
The type of business you run will determine what your work space needs to have. If you are an artist, you need an area that can accommodate all of your office supplies and allow you ample room to create. If you are a tutor, you should have somewhere to hold your books and a quiet place to make lesson plans. A blogger needs not much more than a laptop and an inspirational corner or window, while a musician needs a place to store instruments and recording tools. Build your work space around your business needs.
2. Keep Your Team in Mind
The office space of a solopreneur will differ from that of a partnership which will differ from what’s required for an entire team. If you will be sharing an area, you have to respect the other’s people’s space, privacy, and taste. Your sexy firemen calendar may be offensive (an could be considered sexual harassment) to others you work with. Determine if you will be working alone or working with a team in a shared environment and arrange your space accordingly.
3. Everyone Needs a Notebook
Your notebook could be a computer, laptop, or a pen and paper. Every business person needs somewhere to brainstorm, communicate with customers, research, and sort the mail. Your files may be electronic or paper file folders, but you will need somewhere to keep your accounting records and business documents. Remember you are running a business and paperwork and record keeping are a part of the game.
4. No Kid Zone
When you worked in corporate America, how often did you bring your kids to the office? How often did they play in the file cabinet? How many times while you were a salesperson at the mall were your kids with you on the sales floor? When you worked at the customer service call center, how many times did your children answer the phone? That’s how often they should be in your new work area. They are to respect your money-making space. How embarrassing and threatening to your business would it be if there were fingerprints and chocolate smudges on a client presentation, or if you shipped out an order with loose Cheerios inside?
5. The Fun Part: Decorate!
You are going to spend a lot of time in your office, so make it YOURS. Jazz it up the way you want to. Make it a place that inspires you and draws out your creativeness. Most mompreneurs are one woman shows, so we have the luxury of decorating our space any way we please. Make your space functional and fabulous, just like you!
How will you hook up your office? Tag me on Instagram @MzRachelzPlace or comment below and share those photos! (I’m not offended by sexy firemen calendars 😉).
Until next time,
Rachel Henderson is a single mompreneur who helps other single mothers turn their pass ion into profit, while maintaining their home. She has over 20 years experience in accounting and business, and is now focused on spreading entrepreneurship among young single mothers. Her hobbies include cooking, shopping, and making gift baskets. She lives and plays with her three boys in sunny Los Angeles, CA. Her faith and the love of her family keeps her motivated every day. For more information visit www.mzrachelzplace.com.