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Setting Up Your Workspace for a Small Home Startup

So you’ve decided to start your own business, but you’re not financially in a place where you can open up your own office or storefront. More and more, business owners are creating functional home workspaces to accommodate the fact that many startups cannot afford the initial overhead. But just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a functional place set aside for your business.
There are many steps in planning a functional space that every startup business owner should utilize.

The first thing that you need to do is to find a space in your home that will meet the needs of your workspace. Doing handmade jewelry pieces for your company? Then you’re going to need a quiet space with a large work table. Starting an online company with computer services? Then you’re going to need a functional computer and computer desk for your workspace. The key is to select a workspace that works for you and can cater to what you will need in a workspace. And no, this doesn’t mean a cleared off space on your dining room table. You should strive to have a separate workspace, perhaps in a cleared off room, that only serves that one particular purpose.

After you’ve though about what your needs are, then you need to work on planning out the design and features of your workspace – renovating if necessary. And if you don’t have a lot of startup cash, don’t worry – it doesn’t need to be extravagant.
A quick trip to Ikea or Target to get a desk and some organization tools is all you really need to start with. If you do have some funds you’d like to invest in your workspace, then try planning and reworking your workspace, painting it in a color scheme that fits the theme of your business and adding some design flair. That way, if you do have a meeting with your client, you can provide them with a competent business image that will match your product or service.

Now that you’ve got the design and planning aspects covered, now you need to make sure you have all of the tools of your trade. This can mean getting a new computer, or bolts of fabric – whatever it is to make sure you’ve got the equipment you need. You also need to ensure the safety of the materials and products for your business. If your client has provided you with sensitive information or prototypes, you need to do everything in your power to secure them. Having a security system in place may be crucial for many different types of workspaces.

No matter what your budget is, or how you to decide to outfit your workspace, make sure that it properly represents your business. If one of your business mottos is that you strive for cleanliness and professionalism, you don’t want a space that is anything but, as this doesn’t send a positive business message to any of your clients, or people that you interact with in your business.

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