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Run Your Own Business? Work From Home And Save Loads Of Cash!

July 9, 20132 Comments
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If you run a business and you rent premises, you could be missing a trick. Obviously if it is the sort of business that requires a lot of staff and machinery then you need dedicated space, but if it’s a small office that you run, then you could be saving yourself a lot more money. Think about how much rent you pay, and then imagine having all of that spare every month to reinvest into the business or spend on a well-earned holiday. All it takes is a little initial investment to get the ball rolling. How do we suggest you do this? Build an extension on your house so your office is at home!

The Benefits

Having an office at home brings loads of benefits, but high on the list must be the lack of a daily commute. Every day workers waste valuable time sitting in traffic queues and driving to work, or sat on a packed train full of other commuters. This is time that you could be clawing back. Working from home means you can be close to your family and home in time for tea with your kids. There’ll be no premises rent to pay – once you have your office set up your overheads will be minimal. More and more people are choosing this as an option when it comes to thinking about where they work from.

How to Go About It

Some people have a spare room in their house that they can convert into an office. However this can cause trouble, as you will be too close to all the hustle and bustle of family life. A much better plan is to build an extension on the side of your house which has separate access so you can shut yourself away. You’ll need planning permission obviously – even if you are using an existing footprint such as a garage you will still need to state the change of use. Then it’s just a question of drawing up the plans and getting a trusted builder in to realise your dreams!

The Finer Details

It’s important that your work space feels professional – and not just an extension of your home. Keep the furniture and decor office-like and if there is room in the budget then put in a little toilet and kitchen so that you don’t have to keep wandering in and out of the main house. This will also look more professional when you have clients over for meetings etc. Make sure there is a nice big window in the plans so that you get lots of natural light, and build in plenty of storage options for your files and paperwork.

Working from home is most people’s dream – you’ll be less tired, more productive and you will see loads more of your family. A dedicated office space within the boundaries of your own home is the perfect answer and more and more people are choosing this as a viable option. The only thing that remains to be decided is what you are going to do with all those extra hours and all that extra cash?!

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This guest post is authored by Jenny Wadlow. She has a lot of interest in the field of house designing and construction. She is a freelance blogger and likes to write on topics such as home renovation and improvement.

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Office Design – How To Really Make Your Office Space Reflect Your Brand

June 5, 20130 Comments
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So, you have started a business, and you have found some space to use as an office. Whether your company has two or two hundred employees, you are going to want to make that office not only a comfortable place to work, but also somewhere that really sets the tone for what you want your company to be like. This means making your office space truly reflect your brand identity and values.

If you have a rented office space, you may not feel you are able to change and customise it too much, however there is still a lot you can put in place to give your office the right look and feel without having to change anything permanent that the landlords or building management may not allow. Even if your budget is very low, you can take some simple steps to really brand your office.

Colour Schemes and Accents

One of the most important parts of your brand image is going to be the colour palette you have chosen to work with. This isn’t just the one or two colours that appear in your logo, but the entire scheme you will have chosen to use on things like your website and stationery. If you haven’t got this far with your branding yet, and only have a basic colour scheme based around your logo or other key brand elements, then you should take a look online – there are plenty of tools that can suggest appropriate palettes based around colours that compliment or contrast with your key colours.

You may not be able to change things like the colours of carpeting and walls, and some things like your computer hardware are likely to be in neutral colours, but you should use your palette for everything else. Any art work you hang on the walls, any signs you have (not just signs on the exterior, but things like signs identifying meeting rooms), vases and other decorative objects and if possible, couches and other furniture (beyond generic office chairs at peoples’ work stations) should fit your brand’s palettes, and be used in the right proportions. This means if your key colour is bright blue, but you have bright orange as an accent colour, then you should have a lot of blue and a striking splash of orange here and there, rather than the other way around.

Match Your Company’s Mood

Whether you have a literal mission statement or just a concept in your head of how you want your company to be perceived, your office should match it. If you want your company to feel traditional and friendly, then you aren’t going to want ultra modern sculptures and loads of cold chrome everywhere. If your business is slick, hip and minimalist, you won’t want notice boards with stuff about bake sales and fun runs pinned up on them all over the place and collections of toys and memorabilia on your front desk.

Do you want that trendy, work hard play hard look? Put in a pool table, table football game or some other fun recreational stuff your team can use. Want your office to look traditional and classy? Think fresh cut flowers and luxurious name plates on doors and desks. Prefer people to think you are innovative and cool? Look for bold modern art and unusual furnishings.

By matching both the colouring and the objects you use to your concept, you can actually create a very powerful sense of brand without having to do too much!

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Jenny Wadlow, author of today’s guest post, works as a freelance blogger with Sassysigns which is a leading provider of house signs. Her hobbies include reading and swimming.

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