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Setting Up a Home Office for Your Craft Business

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 8 Oct 2010 | comments*Discuss
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When you’re planning on working from home running your craft business, one task you may need to do is to set up a home office.

Even if much of your craft business work will be carried out in the confines of your craft workshop, you’re still likely to need an office area where you can keep on top of the paperwork and communication side of your business. A home office can either be situated in a designated room of the home (or even outside in a purpose built office in the garden) or, if your business is only small scale or you’ve got limited space available, you could have an office area in part of a room.

An Office in a Room of Its Own

When you’ve got the space available to have a designated office in your house, you need to work out what items you need to have in it and plan how you will furnish it. If you’d like to try out a plan of your office, there are various free bits of software you can find online to help you plan out your room. It’s useful being able to move around cupboards or bookshelves, so you can see how you could make the most of your space.

An Office in Part of a Room

If you’re going to set up a home office in part of an existing room of your home then you’ll have to think carefully about how you’re going to organise it. It’s not ideal for your home and work life to overlap, especially if you’ve got a family, but it can work out if you plan carefully and make the most of the space you have available.

These days there are some great desks and storage units available that fit well in small spaces, providing a good amount of desk space, as well as cupboards and shelves. You could even hide your computer away in a closed cupboard when it’s not in use, if you don’t want your computer on show when you’re not working.

You’re likely to build up quite a bit of paperwork over the years, so do try and leave yourself with a bit of space to grow, rather than immediately filling all the space you have.

Essential Office Items

Some of the items you may want to consider including in your home office are:
  • A desk and comfortable office chair.
  • A filing cabinet, or smaller file storage box for a small office.
  • Good lighting, especially over the desk area.
  • Cupboards and drawers.
  • Bookcases and shelves.
  • Computer equipment, plus a scanner, fax machine and printer.
  • A telephone and answering machine.
  • It’s also useful to ensure you have enough electrical sockets in your office, or extension cables that can be used to add extra sockets in. Plus, you’ll need a telephone point and broadband connection available too.

    Your craft business office is likely to be somewhere you may well spend quite a bit of time when working from home, so take time planning and organising what you need for it and make it a pleasant space in which to work.

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