Making your home office work for you
Working from home can be one of the perks of being a real estate professional, but that doesn't have to mean parking your laptop at the kitchen table. Here are some ideas for setting up a stylish, productive workspace.
Set aside a separate space.
It's hard enough to draw boundaries between personal and professional life, don't make it harder by letting your home office spill over into the kitchen, living room or bedroom. If you don't have a dedicated room for your office, use shelving, a screen, or even a curtain to keep it apart from your personal space.
Invest in quality.
Real estate isn't a hobby, it's your business. So don't be afraid to spend a little money on a comfortable chair and a desk that suits your needs. Don't skimp on storage for your files and equipment, either — well-designed storage solutions can save space, keep you organized and help you be more productive.
Plan for work activities.
It goes without saying that you'll want a quiet place for phone calls with clients. Consider what else you might need. If you edit videos for your listings, be sure you have space to set up the necessary equipment, and the right lighting to make editing easier. And if you'll be meeting clients there, an attractive conference area is a must.
Consider your tech needs.
Start with reliable internet service. Plugging in through an ethernet cable can be more reliable than Wi-Fi, but if you want flexibility to move from room to room, consider getting Wi-Fi boosters to place around your home to ensure a good signal. You'll also want a cloud service such as Google Drive or Dropbox so you can access and share files from multiple devices.
Manage your environment.
As much as possible, make sure you can control the temperature and lighting in your office. An office that's too hot or cold, too dark or too glaring with light means distractions you don't want to deal with. It may also pay to invest in a good set of noise-cancelling headphones.
Be ready to get moving.
You won't be spending all your time at a desk, so be prepared for taking your tech on the go. Whether you're heading for a house tour with a client or setting up a photo shoot, have a backpack or rolling case for the equipment you’ll need. And keeping a fast phone charger in your car can be vital!
A real estate professional's job can take you lots of places, but it pays to be sure your home base is working for you!
A note from your lending specialist:
Be sure to add my number to the contacts in your phone, so when you're on the go you can easily get in touch with any home loan questions.
MAP3687559 | 07/2021