6 Quick Tips for Setting Up Your First Home Office in Nigeria
The importance of working from home cannot be over-emphasized especially at a time when you have no choice but to do it. Having an office in your home offers numerous advantages.
You may begin to wonder how business owners carry out their daily tasks from their homes. Well, your answers are not far-fetched. Working from home demands a lot of concentration which will later yield to overall productivity.
An office home is a workspace where you can perform all your business tasks as you would do in a usual office space.
In Nigeria, the stress of leaving your homes early in the morning and having to wade through the ever-present traffic, especially on Lagos roads can be quite tasking and consuming.
Hence working from home and setting up a convenient and presentable workspace at home requires that you know some things.
Here are 6 quick tips for setting up your first home office in Nigeria.
1. Select the ideal location
The perfect location for your office at home should be a spare room in your house. The location should also have sufficient space to house your office requirements like chairs, tables, file cabinets, printer, and so on.
Another point worthy of note is that your office location in your house should be situated in a quiet place, away from distractions particularly those from children.
2. Design your home office
The next step to set an office in your home is to design the ideal place you have chosen. You can decide to repaint the colour of the room. Also, you can select to paste attractive wallpapers, put flowers etc.
If you would be working online, it's best you do proper research for the best wifi or router to use to enable you always to be connected. Look for the best wifi that's suitable for your particular location and subscribe to it.
3. Consider a Generator set
In Nigeria, there is no guarantee for constant electricity to carry out your business from the comfort of your home. This is bad because business workers who work from home often opt for the option of buying a generator set, thereby spending a lot of money on fuel to power it. You should prepare to get one too.
However, while this may be money consuming, it must be done for times when there is a power outage. Also, consider an inverter too to have uninterrupted power supply as this is necessary when you do jobs that require constant electrical power.
4. Take away anything capable of distracting you
A lot of things are capable of distracting you from working in your home office. One of such things is your gadgets, especially electronic gadgets such as TV, radio, games, phones, laptops, etc.
Here’s what you should do; Keep them away from your home office if they are not of one the tools you need to execute your tasks. Also, do not forget to put away food, snacks, and drinks from your home office as you can quickly lose your focus while working.
5. Have an Alarm Clock& To-do List
While you work, it’s vital to have an alarm clock and to-do list hang somewhere in your home office to help you keep track of the work and as well remind you of subsequent tasks ahead of you. This way, you are constantly reminded of what you have to do, and you can execute them timely.
6. Dress The Part
Yes, you just have to. Inasmuch as you are working from home, this doesn't mean dressing shabbily is allowed. You might not want to dress all up in a suit, but it's advised you dress decently. Who knows you might be required to have a meeting online and you won't want to appear in such a meeting looking odd.
Working from home may prove to be tough for beginners, but with time and setting up an ideal home office, you will get used to it. The steps listed above will guide you in setting a perfect home office to carry out your business tasks.