The tidal wave of electronic commerce brought to the fore many ecommerce entrepreneurs that could be called trailblazers in their own right. In recent years many entrepreneurs have come up with disruptive innovations and proved that an idea with proper planning and understanding of the market can take you places.
And do you know an amazing fact about some of the most happening and successful businesses?
They all were started from a home office or a garage!
Apple, Amazon and Google- the brands that disrupted our world, were started in a garage by their founders. So, if you also have a niche idea and planning to join the entrepreneur club beginning with a home office is an idea worth considering.
Why Setting Up Your Home Office Is A Good Idea
Working from home is the best idea if you are starting a new business. And with the latest changes brought about by COVID 19 pandemic and social distancing, there are a lot many businesses that are shifting from brick and mortar to online. with the convergence of online and physical stores, this idea has never been more relevant.
Let us have a look at some obvious benefits:
- Saves plenty of time and money
- Scope of refining and improvising your business plan based on additional savings
- Frees you from the worries of finding, renting and maintaining a real office
- Cost savings in setting up an office can be channelized to acquire critical talent
- Working from home makes the overall environment less stressful and more productive
- Setting up a home office gives you the flexibility to work at your pace and convenience
- It allows to maintain better work/ life balance which is crucial especially when one is taking the big plunge
- Saves time and energy wasted on long commutes
How to make the best use of your home office?
Have you already turned a corner in your home into your very first office?
Having difficulty in keeping the place tidy?
Still prefer working from the comfortable surroundings of your bedroom?
If your answer is YES to any of these, try out these simple yet effective tips to improve your efficiency and productivity while working from your home office:
1. Short and Simple
Believe it or not, if you have a small space to fit in a couple of comfortable chairs and a table you can set up the best office in your home using these. Ensure that you have a good computer (laptop or desktop), a fast speed internet connection, a space to keep all your important documents and paperwork, a multipurpose machine that can be used for any printing, fax or photocopy work, a whiteboard to do some brainstorming.
Last but most important, grab a coffee/tea mug to sit with when you are pondering on all the innovative and wonderful ideas.
2. Get motivated
Every person who has seriously worked on a new business plan knows how important it is to keep yourself motivated to reach your goal. When we make a business plan and venture out into the real world there might be so many things that do not work out as planned.
It is very natural to feel demotivated on such occasions especially when the business is yet in its nascent stages. Use your home office to motivate yourself by arranging some images and items that have always helped you regroup yourself and aim for the sky.
Once again, think about the simplest stuff, and do not overcrowd your workspace. Pin your favorite poem, picture of your favorite sports/ movie star or a dear one, some motivational books or music, the trophy that you won in your school/college or just anything that you can associate with success and rewards and that keeps you moving towards your goal.
The main idea is to arrange your work environment in a way that it helps you calm down and stay focused on your goal.
3. Plan and Organize
Planning and organization are the keys to success for almost everything in life and business. As you are working from a small home office, it becomes all the more important to make a daily/weekly plan of your activities and keep everything organized.
It is a proven fact that clutter increases stress and gives rise to negative feelings. So keep your workplace neat and organized and avoid clutter at all costs. Organizing your papers and work will also ensure that you can retrieve the desired information when needed. Organize all your files and folders neatly and give them relevant names so that you can search the required data efficiently and quickly.
4. Mind Your Posture
Research has proven that sitting for long hours in the wrong posture can result in life-threatening diseases and can damage your spine irreversibly. Most of us who sit in front of computers for long hours have a tendency to crouch or bend our back, neck etc. in a way which damages the spine and results in excruciating pain.
Also, all computer users tend to stare at monitors unblinkingly which dries up the eyes and makes them strained easily. Ensure that while you work from home you are using good chairs and have proper natural or artificial lighting at your workspace. A good posture and proper lighting will ensure that you are comfortable while working and do not develop any health issues that may impede your progress.
5. Be Boring
Yes, you have heard it right, BE BORING! To do the most exciting things in life and become the next star ecommerce entrepreneur you need to be boring with your basic habits. This implies that you have to make a simple plan for your daily life that you can stick to.
Begin with doing simple but holistic planning for your food, exercise, dressing and entertainment. Always take proper rest to rejuvenate your mind and body. This routine is not going to show any immediate impact but it will certainly keep you healthy and in control of your mind and body.
Believe me, this practice is going to pay rich dividends in the long run!
So what are you waiting for? The world is changing and so should you. Take the leap of faith and grow your business beyond boundaries. Believe in your dreams and get ready to take your business from local to global markets.
Bring out that business plan and set up a small home office to start a new business that changes the startup environment.
Note: This blog was first posted on Feb 25, 2016 and has been updated on Jun 15, 2020.