25 Mar Create the best home office to wow your clients
Whether you are a coach, a teacher, a therapist, an accountant… if you are planning on meeting with your clients at your home office, you need to make sure it is created intentionally.
The way you will design your office will have a big importance on how your clients will feel.
Your home office should achieve the following:
Represent your brand
Your office is very much part of your branding. It should be aligned with your vision and your values.
Make sure to know clearly what your brand represents to visually transpose it in your office.
Is your space supposed to be more formal or informal? Do you want to create an intimate relationship with your customers or stay very professional? Are you supporting any causes?
A comfortable place to work
As this is the primary goal of the room, so do not neglect this aspect! Make sure you feel comfortable in your space. You will want to have different seating options. A chair for your desk that supports your back and keeps your vertebral column straight will be perfect for heads-down work. Also consider a couch or reading chair for when you need to take a break or want to change your work setting. You will also want to have enough seating for you and your clients and an area where you can collaborate.
A big enough work desk area
For desks, think about what you will be doing there and how much storage space you need.
Are you planning on working directly with collaborators or clients in your office? If they will need some workspace as well, make sure to plan space where they can focus and feel welcomes.
Privacy and boundaries
Having your office at home has many advantages, but you will want to make sure to keep some clear boundaries between your private space and your work space. Make sure that office visitors don’t feel like they are intruding in your home as that usually makes them uncomfortable. A private entrance, good isolation to make the room soundproof, easy access to the bathroom, and a beverage station will make your place feel more professional.
Tidy and organized
Having your office well organized, clean, and tidy at all times will set up a good image for you and your business and help you be more productive. Let’s be honest, people will start building an opinion of your business as soon as they enter the room. Having a tidy place will also decrease the distractions for you or for meetings you are hosting.
Keep private documents tucked away. Whip off your whiteboard, unless it is relevant to the meeting. Keep your supplies in bins and clear plastic containers you can tag and label, keeping them neat and easy to retrieve.
Make sure the lighting is good throughout the day and is aligned with the mood of the room. If you are having patients and you want them to feel comfortable, select smooth lighting with lampshades to diffuse the light. If your office is designed to work on computers utilize natural light, make sure the lighting has no glare, and add a smaller lamp on the desk.
Unique and personal
Having a home office that you can decorate allows you to share your personality. Add inspiring art that is aligned with your business and your values. This can also be a great conversation starter and helps your clients get a feel for who you are. Make sure your decor tells them something you want them to know.
Adding plants is always a great idea. They livens up your place of work, clean the air and acts as decorations. Plants can also increase your productivity!
My number one tip for plants is succulents that are easy to care for. I bought this one at Lowes in February and hardly need to care for it.
Ready to wow your clients with a home office that feels aligned to you and your business? Do you need more advice based on your specific business? Feel free to contact us today.