Have you been debating working strictly from home? These days, there are plenty of jobs that can be done from anywhere. Whether you work in sales or web design, chances are there’s at least a portion of your job that you can be doing from the comfort of your own home. And now that an increasing number of employers are comfortable with remote work, many of us have started to consider how to work more comfortably and productively without ever leaving the house.
Of course, not everyone has the luxury of owning a home that features a dedicated office space inside. Maybe there just aren’t enough bedrooms or you don’t have a spacious flex area. Whatever the case may be, the garage can often wind up looking like a pretty attractive candidate when it comes time to set up shop and create your very own home office. There are a ton of easy ways that you can go about turning your garage into a dream office, and save money as you do so!
1.Get Great Office Furniture and Save Money While You Do It
No matter what type of work you do, you’re going to need the right kind of office furniture to do it. For most of us, that means something as simple as a desk and a chair. For others, it might get a bit more involved, often including things like extra monitors and computer equipment. Keep in mind as you design your office that it’s important to think about how you will use the space and if you’ll have guests.
2.Get Connected with Phone Lines and Internet
Most garages don’t come pre-wired for phone and Internet connectivity, so you’re going to have to make your own arrangements when it comes to getting internet access. Here’s a potential major snag, though; hiring an IT professional to come out and hardwire your garage can cost a pretty penny. Fortunately, there are some buy affordable alternatives.
One idea is to use a mobile hotspot. This can be a great way to connect to the internet on the go, but you’ll want to be sure you have a data plan that can support this kind of use. NerdWallet points out that anything other than an unlimited data plan might wind up incurring overages and costing you even more money in the long run.
While these should be low on the priority list when setting up your office, a few extra perks can provide your space with extra comfort. Add a small refrigerator you can fill with water and snacks, and be sure to bring in a coffeemaker or tea kettle. If you plan to set up a television, don’t bother with cable and instead opt for a streaming media player. These tiny TV sticks take up very little room and make it easy to tune into news channels or anything else when you break for lunch.
4.Make Sure It’s Warm and Welcoming
When you set up shop in the garage, you might have to go a little bit out of your way to make it comfortable. If you plan to meet with clients in your workspace, you’ll want it to be cozy enough to make a good impression on anybody who might visit.
Consider some affordable wall art, little splashes of color here and there, and maybe even a rug that might really tie the room together. A comfortable couch or place to sit might also make the area more inviting, should you happen to entertain guests, potential clients, collaborators, and so forth.
Not every garage is the most inviting place in the world, but it usually doesn’t take much to start turning things around. With the right office furniture, a solid data connection, and some nice trimmings to make things comfortable and inviting, you’ll be guaranteed to have one of the best home offices in town!
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