In previous posts, we looked at some of the best options for locating a home office. However, as we pointed out in previous posts, our living arrangements often force us into improvising. So here are some suggestions for making the best out of some of the least desirable options for a home office location.
Depending on your situation, this may be the only option open to you, particularly if you are just starting out in your career (young, single people rarely own houses) or have just started working from home. In fact, if you’re hesitant about the idea of working at home, this may be a good way of testing the waters without committing to the expense of a dedicated office.
Still, this type of home office arrangement may fall prey to distractions, particularly if you have kids at home. In this case, you may need to adopt the Les Nessman strategy and clearly mark the boundaries of your “office.” Another option would be to purchase an inexpensive, free-standing privacy screen or room divider to demarcate your working area. A privacy screen can also be a good way to indicate when the work day has begun—or ended. Take it down, and the work day has started. Put it up, and the day is over (or vice versa).
Advantages: Inexpensive, and can be efficient use of space. Convenient to the rest of the house. There should be no issues with temperature, phone, Internet access.
Disadvantages: May be prone to distraction from TV, other family members, etc. Lack of privacy. May be aesthetically unappealing to have an office in plain view.
In the next post, we move into the boudoir….