The beginning of the year can make you feel like making a new start. January is a good time to start going through your paperwork in preparation for income taxes, too. Whether or not you work from home, you need a place to keep paperwork and pay bills; you’ll benefit from having a space and a system for managing it all.
Your office should be a space where you feel comfortable working. If you find that you don’t like to work in the space you chose, see if there’s another place where you’ll be productive. Good lighting and a place to sit or stand are the most important features of your workspace.
If you work from home, you need a dedicated space to carry out business tasks. If you don’t have a separate room, your “office” might be a kitchen nook or bedroom corner. Wherever you work, let others know that your spot needs to be respected – no dumping stuff in your workspace. Don’t allow clothes, dishes or other unnecessary stuff to live there.
You need to access tools and materials quickly and easily. If you have a spot that’s reserved for work, choose a drawer or cabinet for storage. Otherwise, filling a bin with envelopes, stamps, pens, sticky notes, etc., will make it easier for you to find what you need and finish tasks no matter where you work.
Don’t forget: If you run a business from home, keep your business and personal paperwork separate for tax purposes. You don’t need to keep them in different rooms; separate filing systems are sufficient.
Where do you work in your home?