HOW-TO How to Set Up a Home Office


Rookie Wordsmith
May 16, 2018
What’s up guys? Here’s my third post in my “How-To” series. In my last couple of posts, I taught you how to relax when you work from home, and how to find balance in your life using the Japanese concept of Ikigai.

This post will be a bit simpler: this time, I’ll be giving you tips on how to set up a home office. But don’t let the word “office” intimidate you. You don’t have to set up a home office per se; the tips I’ll be writing down will be applicable for any type of home-based workspace, whether it’s a fully stocked office, or a little nook in the living room. Let’s get to it!

Set Up Your Workspace According to the Work You Do

How you set up your home office will depend on a variety of factors, such as how much space you have. But the most important factor is the type of work you’ll be doing. That will affect how much space you’ll have to dedicate to your workspace, and the type of office equipment you will need.

For example, if you’ll be doing audio transcription, you’ll need a space that is relatively quiet. So a spot that is far from the TV room or where the kids play will be more appropriate. If you work as an online remote assistant, you’ll need lots of space, and lots of notebooks and sticky notes.

Get a Good Pair of Headphones

It doesn’t matter what sort of work you do. Get a good pair of headphones, preferably noise-cancelling. It might be pricey, but you’ll thank me for it. Home noise is harder to tune-out than office noise. A good pair of headphones will make it easy for you to work without distraction. Plus, having headphones on is usually a good visual cue to the other people at home that you shouldn’t be disturbed.

Keep a Good Stock of Supplies

Running out of letter paper, or pens, or any supply can cause lots of delays. And delays could mean a loss of income. When you work at home the responsibility of keeping a decent stock of supplies falls on you. Unlike in a traditional office, you can’t just call the procuring or purchasing department to ask for new supplies.

I personally have a closet full of Post-Its, reams of paper, extra pens and pencils, notebooks, staple wire, printer cartridges, paperclips, and even spare lightbulbs for my desk lamp. It may seem excessive, but having those items means I don’t have to run to the nearest office supply shop if I run out of something.