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If you’re like many Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic changed your job situation. You may have been asked to work from home and discovered you liked it so much that you want to continue this habit. Alternatively, you may have lost your job and decided this was the time to start your own business. Either way, if you’re committed to continuing a work-from-home lifestyle long-term, it’s critical that you get the space you need.
A sufficiently large, well-lit, ergonomic office promotes health and productivity. If you don’t have room for a dedicated office in your current house, it may be time to upgrade.
Run your successful home business.
Home-based businesses offer critical advantages, such as lower overhead costs. This means you can take the money you’ll save on commercial rent and put it towards creating an ergonomically friendly workspace that fosters productivity. The Mayo Clinic explains how good office ergonomics can help alleviate back and neck pain and relieve eye strain. You’ll want a good desk, desk chair, and computer monitor.
Check into the right technology to help manage your operations, including apps designed specifically for agriculture and farming. One of the first tasks you need to check off in the marketing department is creating a professional-looking, standout logo, which can be done using a custom logo maker. Adobe’s free online logo tool, for example, comes with a rich selection of templates you can customize to bring your brand to life.
You also might use a project management tool like Asana to keep track of deadlines and collaborate with freelance workers or clients, for example. PCMag provides a list of additional tools you can use to help run your small business, from accounting software to video conferencing tech.
Find the right property to accommodate your home business.
Before you start house hunting, make a list of what you need in a property to accommodate your business. Ideally, the house will have at least one separate room where you can set up a workspace. Small Business Chronicle explains that the type of business also makes a difference. For example, if you are going to be selling products from home, you need a safe place to stash inventory, like a large basement or garage.
With your list of criteria in hand, you can start researching houses online to see how much you can expect to pay to get your dream home. Use an online search tool that allows you to search based on location. You can narrow down the criteria according to city and neighborhood. This is also a great way to discover more affordable areas that you may not have considered otherwise.
Once you have an idea of the price point, get your finances in order by getting a credit report, calculating your buying budget, and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. A good credit score can help you secure a favorable mortgage with good terms and low interest. If you want to avoid the expense of private mortgage insurance, you will have to make a down payment of at least 20%. Unfortunately, if you have existing debts, you may have problems getting a loan. Explore debt relief in your state to get your finances under control before you go on to take out another loan.
File your business paperwork.
Once you’ve upsized your house, you can tackle the next step: registering your business with the state. Your options for this are many, but newbie entrepreneurs often go with a limited liability company structure, or an LLC. LLCs offer tax benefits, protection of personal assets, and a relatively easy set-up. If you want to know how to start an LLC, use an online guide to walk you through the process. There are even internet-based services that will register your business for you, saving you thousands of dollars compared to what you’d pay if you hired an attorney to do it.
Upsizing your house to accommodate a home-based business requires dedication. You have to do your research and put in the effort and investment to create your dream office. However, it will be well worth it once you have a productivity-enhancing workspace.