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The importance of your work space when you’re self employed *

I’ve been a self-employed blogger for a good 2 or so years now and before that, I was a self employed online business owner, which I sadly closed down in August this year. So it’s safe to say that I’ve had a lot of time, practice and experience of working by myself and for myself and first and foremost, it is not easy. But it can be incredibly rewarding. One of the biggest and most important elements of working from home or being self employed is the physical space in which you do your work. Have I spent hours and hours of my working life working from my bed? Yes, absolutely, I’m not perfect and if I had the money and the room to give myself an actual home office, you can get your bottom dollar I’d be Pinteresting the crap out of it. But at the end of the day, there’s lots of elements which we can take into considerationย when thinking about our work space when we’re self employed.

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Comfort is key

Comfort means different things to everyone and whereas someone might find garish bright green walls comforting, someone else might not. So finding the right comfort for you (not what Pinterest is telling you to do) is super important because we will always work better if we’re relaxed. You can incorporate a lot of home decor items into your working space or your home office, plants, trinkets, books, vases, ornaments and lamps will all make a room feel more comfortable but not too homey.

Space

This ties in a lot with the comfort element but thinking about your space in terms of size is important too. Is your space too confine for what you’re doing? Is your business on the creative side, where you need space to work and create without any extra worries? I work from a computer for 85% of the time, so obviously I don’t need very much space for that and can do it almost anywhere but not all businesses are created online and you should try and allow your space to reflect that. Which leads on nicely to the next point…

Is a virtual office space right for you?

Of course when you’re self employed and/or working from home, you have the luxury of deciding where to work. Sometimes though, working from home can blur the lines and in your head you’re a powerful and put together business person but in reality, you’re sitting in your pajamas with pizza stains down your front and your hair looking like a birds nest. And sometimes, those more chilled days are great and can be really productive but other times, we need a little bit more help to get going.

That’s where a virtual office space from Signature Works might be a good option for you. Providing you with a professional business address, mailbox, free landline number and various other perks, a virtual office space might be a logical and smart step for your business. It also gives you access to meeting rooms at hugely discounted rates, if your business requires that or even a discounted office space for yourself, so if you’re not feeling productive working at home and a coffee shop isn’t doing it for you, there’s a good alternative ready and waiting.

Mess and clutter

If you’re self employed, you need to know what is what and where everything is. It’s your business, your product and your mess and when you work for yourself and don’t have any extra hands to help, letting everything get into a big messy state isn’t ideal. Because you’re the one that will have to sort that out at the end of the day. Investing in storage to keep things organised may be a good option or just ensuring that you tidy up as you go – just like you might do if you’re cooking in the kitchen – to ensure things don’t get out of hand.

Change of scenery

If you’re not feeling it in your own home one day and shared office space isn’t working for you that day either, just a simple change of scenery can make the world of difference. That could be as small as a different room in your house, a coffee shop or outside in the park if the weather is okay and your work allows you to do that. I always mix up my tasks throughout the day so I’m not sitting there staring at my computer screen, in the same position, in the same room for hours on end! A small change of scenery can do the world of good.

If you’re self employed and/or work from home, I’d love to hear about how you manage the space you work in? Do you ever use a shared office space or a coffee shop?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

85 Comments

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  2. I live in a house, so I have a room as my dedicated office. It’s lovely with three windows and often a cat on my lap. My set up is ergonomically correct, so no backaches. My biggest challenge is walking away from work. I get so involved; totally love what I do.

    1. Sounds like the dream!

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  4. great article!

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  7. I cannot wait to have a proper workspace, the place I live now is just too small for one lol

    1. Same really!

  8. forthesakeofgoodtaste says:

    Such good points, Jenny! I’ve been in the terrible habit of working wherever I happen to be and it’s definitely not beneficial to a work-life balance. And clutter is definitely one of my biggest impediments when it comes to being productive!

    1. Definitely agree with the clutter thing! I canโ€™t bare it!

  9. I personally work from home so I love and agree with every single thing that you have said. This blog post is really going to help anyone who is wanting to work from home, ๐Ÿ’œโœจ

    With love, Alisha Valerie x

    1. I really do hope so! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  10. I don’t work from home but I think these tips are good in general for having a nice space.

    1. They can definitely be applied if you work in an office too and have your own desk / space.

  11. i’m not self-employed in my job or blogging but i find that having an ‘office’ space dedicated to when i blog helps me become so much more motivated x

    1. I bet it does!

  12. I’m currently self employed which I love but I definitely want to look into training or another course x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

    1. Hope you find something that suits you!

  13. Hey Jenny. Good read. In answer to your question although I have a great office at home filled with all my computers and tech, I also have an office in town in a shared room, and it is great. New friends, networking opportunities and we help each other out. I’d definitely recommend it as a great option.

  14. Nicculent says:

    this was something I realised the hard way and I wish i’d read this blogpost earlier than I did!its so easy to procrastinate and get demotivated when you’re working from home, especially when you’re just starting out and still with low audience (aka me erryday).I’ve been improvising on my work space and it has impacted immensely in a good way!

    1. Glad you’ve found some things that work for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Hey Jenny. Good read. In answer to your question although I have a great office at home filled with all my computers and tech, I also have an office in town in a shared room, and it is great. New friends, networking opportunities and we help each other out. I’d definitely recommend it as a great option.

  16. It’s so important to have a good workspace when you’re self employed. The only problem I find is all of the clutter! It just piles up sometimes without me even realising and then it’s such a task trying to sort through it all. I definitely agree about clearing up as you go, just like you would with any other room! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. It really can pile up for sure! I always tidy up every morning before I do anything ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  17. I love this post!!

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  18. It’s so important to have a space where you work and be able to get away from when you’re self employed!

    Love, Amie โค
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Oh definitely! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. melisliving says:

    Thanks for these tips! I work at home (doing a doctorate as well as blogging so two different things and really must focus on doc even though blog is so much more appealing)!
    I do end up being that girl with messy hair and food all over me haha. Definitely inspired me to try harder today to switch up rooms if Iโ€™m not doing enough. Thanks for sharing! Good motivation for me.
    Melis

    1. Wow it must be interesting to do two different things from home – I think I’d really like that!

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