What To Consider When Moving To A Home Office

StrategyDriven Entrepreneurship Article |Home Office|What To Consider When Moving To A Home Office There are many appealing reasons to work from home when you run a business, and just because you initially chose to run the business from an office elsewhere, that doesn’t mean that you can’t come home if you want to. In fact, since it can save you money and make you more productive, it is something that many business owners are thinking about.

What will you need to consider if you decide to move your business to a home office rather than an external one? At first, you might not think there is much to consider at all, but when you start to work out how to get it done, you’ll realize there are a number of things to take into account.

Is There Room?

Moving from a reasonably sized office space to a home office could be difficult due to the space needed. If you look at what space you have available now, and what space will be available when you move home, is there much difference? If not then this point won’t be something that needs to concern you, but if the room you intend to use at home is much smaller, you will have to work out where everything will go.

Something that can work well is searching for The Lock Up Self Storage near you and putting some of your files and documents or even equipment in there until you have organized your workspace correctly. That way you won’t be delayed and neither will you be cramped.

Is There Somewhere To Go?

As well as knowing that you have the physical space you need, do you have a room that can be used properly as an office? Moving from an external office building to a home office can be quite an adjustment. You need to ensure that you have enough space to work, simply sitting to the kitchen table or in the corner of your bedroom is not a good alternative option to an office. It will be difficult to concentrate, and you might not be as productive as you would be if you had a dedicated room.

Where Will Guests Go?

Not everyone is going to be comfortable with visitors to the business coming to a home address. Although working from home is something that many people do, there is still something of a stigma when it comes to having meetings with colleagues, suppliers, or clients.

Where, then, will you have these meetings if not in your home office? Where is the nearest appropriate space you can use? You can choose to hire a dedicated office space with a meeting room, or you could go to a café or coffee shop, for example.

The Physical Move

Finally, even if everything else is organized and you are sure you are ready to move offices, how are you going to do it? Will you need a specialist mover to bring items to you, or could you hire a van and do it yourself? How long will it take and what kind of disruption will it bring to your business?

This is certainly something that will need to be considered as picking the right time to move is just as important as moving in the first place – using up vacation time or a weekend could work better than midweek, depending on your line of business.

3 Innovative Ways You Can Move Your Business Online

When you first start your business, a lot of it boils down to trial and error – especially if you have never done it before. You could follow another person’s business hints down to a tee, under the impression that whatever worked for them will surely work for you too. But as every company is so different, you will stand a much better chance of success if you take the plunge and carve out your path. That said, there are always certain things that successful businesses have in common, and one such example is having efficient operational systems in place. There are so many different components required to keep a business ticking over on a daily, monthly, and annual basis. Using multiple systems, or a poor one, won’t hold you in very good stead against your competition. Manual systems, in particular, are very outdated, and as the business world is all about efficiency, you may want to consider moving every aspect of your business online. This can be pretty intimidating if you are something of a technophobe, but it honestly isn’t as complicated as you may think. Here are a few examples of ways you can bring your business into the digital age, to create a more straightforward and streamlined company.

Employee training/monitoring

Depending on the size of your business, training and monitoring your staff can be a bit of a laborious ordeal. Sure, you want to invest time into your team so you can rest assured they know exactly what they are doing. But taking time off from your work to do so can potentially have a knock-on effect to the daily runnings of your business. With that in mind, moving your training online can save both you and your colleagues a lot of time. Plus, you can also invest in performance monitoring software so you can keep tabs on your team from anywhere in the world.

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Bookkeeping and accounting are often the banes of a business owner’s life. Keeping track of all your expenditure, as well as any profit you turn, can easily be confusing – especially if you are doing everything by hand. Inevitably, pieces of paper will get lost, and those finance notes you made at 3 am suddenly don’t look quite as coherent in the cold light of day. Using something like hnwi and online accounting software can help you keep all your financial information in one place. Just make sure you have plenty of security on your computer systems too, as obviously, this is some pretty sensitive data.

Cloud computing

The term ‘cloud computing’ is a bit of a strange one – it arrived a few years ago, but still, very few people know what it means! It is something, however, that can revolutionize the way you operate your business. The Cloud is fundamentally a network where you can store files and documents, which means they are not linked to a particular hard drive or desktop. Therefore, you and your colleagues can access your work from any location, at any time – perfect for a modern business which has to work around the clock.

Mobile, Native Apps and Project Management Software – What’s the Connection?

Remote work is seeing a steady rise, and key to making it possible is cloud computing and the continuously rising mobile usage rate. You’ve heard of the BYOD (bring your own device) revolution, and whichever side of the BYOD fence you’re on, there’s no denying that mobile devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous in the workplace.

Enterprises of all shapes and sizes have chosen to embrace the mobile landscape, taking advantage of enterprise-specific mobile apps to keep their employees productive even when outside the office.

In the project management arena, it’s been established that projects are better carried out by teams, and teams nowadays can be dispersed geographically, hence, the growing prevalence of cloud-based project management software to keep these teams connected. Cloud-based also means the ability to access the project management application via any device – PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone.

How’s your mobile experience?

Now, step back for a moment and recall how using your phone to browse a site not optimized for mobile makes you feel. Does adjusting the text to a size that’s easy on the eyes, then swiping horizontally and vertically to read an article in its entirety put you off? What about Flash or Java and their effect on load time? Or pop-up windows, perhaps? If they do, it most certainly is the same story for a lot of other users.

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Maricel Rivera writes content for Comindware, a business solutions provider whose project management software offering, Comindware Project, provides a whole suite of project management capabilities and comes with native apps for both the iOS and Android platforms. You may connect with her on Twitter.

Management and Leadership – Managing Your Virtual Team

People used to think that “working from home” was code for “getting paid to eat Oreos in pajamas”, but with the recent recession, getting paid at all isn’t anything to take chances with. If you’re engaged in virtual project management you can’t physically just drop in to check on your workers – at least, not without a lot of gas, possibly a jet, and the risk of some extremely unpleasant surprises. But with the right web based project management software it’s entirely possible to keep tabs on your employees – without them setting their Twitter status message as 1984.

The main problem with online collaboration is that your staff, by definition, must have a reliable access to the Internet. Aka “The Infinite Distraction Engine.” Administering employees online can be like herding cats, except the cats are all in different countries, and invisible. The cats also have access to YouTube. How can you remotely manage them?

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