Getting that balance between your work life and your home life is never an easy thing to do. And that gets even harder if you’re one of the growing number of people who work from home. There are so many advantages associated with working from home; you can work flexible hours, avoid travel problems and work in a more relaxed environment.
There are, of course, drawbacks too though. Aside from the insecurity of working as a freelance, you also have a lot to deal with as you work, especially if you’re a parent. That’s why it’s a great idea to have a separate office, away from the house. Read on if you want to find out more!
The Benefits of a Garden Office
Building a separate office in your back garden may seem like a lot of hard work, but, in my opinion, it’s worth it. If you have kids running around your ankles or family member constantly distracting you in the house, having somewhere to get away to can be a real lifeline.
The office can act as a sanctuary and a workplace away from the ordinary trapping of the office. It allows you to take a much more relaxed, solitary approach to your work. And I often find that this is the best way to work. If you’re a freelance and have to be entirely self-motivated, this can be even more helpful.
Getting the Right Structure
The type and size of your garden office structure will depend on your individual needs. A simple garden shed will suffice if you just need somewhere to work in isolation. You’ll need nothing more than a desk and a chair. You could have it built out of wood panels or sheet metal or go for a more elaborate structure if you have the budget.
But if you run a small business and want to set up your operations in your back garden, you might want to have employees working with you. This will demand a much bigger office space, so beware of planning rules and regulations.
Kitting it Out
If you need a lot of electrical appliances in your office, you’ll have to install an electrical supply line. You could just use a small generator for this though, or you could hook it up to the mains supply.
You’ll also need to make it comfortable. Heating is a must for the winter months, and you might want to get a cooling system for the warm summer days. Companies like Academyair can help you with that. Finally, finish it off with some nice office chairs, sturdy desks and maybe some carpet
Powering it Efficiently
If you don’t want to spend more on utilities or you just want to go green, you might want to power your office by using renewable energy sources.
These days, installing some solar panels or a wind turbine to the roof is a relatively straightforward process. It’s not too expensive either. A lot of companies will install solar panels for low prices (or for free) if they’re allowed to use the excess energy you don’t use.