Working from home is quickly becoming a popular choice for many Americans. If you’re considering creating a work space, building a separate home office in the backyard is a fantastic option. Free from noise, distractions, and allowing you to mentally distinguish between work and home life, creating a designated work space is easier than you think.
Not Just Any Ole’ Shed Will Do
Unfortunately, running down to your local hardware store for a storage shed isn’t all you’ll need to do to build a home office. While these units are an easy way to get started, providing a structure that can be customized, they’ll need some enhancements to make them a space where you can get work done. A few things you’ll need to be sure your future backyard office has are:
- Insulation — to help control the energy-efficiency of heating and cooling in your shed.
- Windows — for natural light and optional air circulation.
- A way to heat and cool — such as a window unit or ceiling fan.
- Electrical system — for lights and outlets.
- WiFi — if the WiFi from your house doesn’t reach your office.
- A lock — most sheds have a lock mechanism, but if you are keeping big ticket electronics like a computer, or sensitive information, you may consider adding a lock of your own.
Building a Backyard Office
If you’ve got the time and the know-how, you could build an office yourself. This allows you to install everything you know you’ll need as you construct it, instead of trying to correct something that’s pre-built to suit your needs. It also allows for complete customization, especially if you have unique office requirements, such as a workbench, table, or seating area for clients.
Things to Consider for Your Home Office
Whether you choose to tweak a pre-built shed or construct your own, there are a few special considerations to make your backyard office feel professional in every aspect:
- Remember your backdrop: If you need to make professional video calls, remember that your backdrop should look the part.
- Window placement: Having a window allows for natural light which can alleviate depression and anxiety, making your workspace much more enjoyable.
- Add storage options: If you have the room, adding some storage shelves or cabinets helps to create a functional organizational system.
- Aesthetics are important: Does your business require customers to meet you in person? Add some special touches like a potted plant or some wall art. It can make your backyard office look and feel more professional at in-person meetings.
Get to Work with HFS Financial
Getting to work from home can be a dream come true for many, and having the necessary separate home office in the backyard makes the transition so much easier. Take just 60-seconds and apply with HFS Financial to get the funding options you need to build everything your home needs, indoors and out — like a kitchen renovation, a new swimming pool, or that sensational new home office! There’s no effect on your credit score for inquiry, so don’t wait another day. Get to work (at home) with HFS Financial. “You Dream It, We Finance It.”