Working from home has become the norm. For those of you who operate entirely from a home working space, you likely will feel lots of comfort and satisfaction from having this working space so readily available. Despite this, it can be difficult to make your home working space suitable for client meetings and interactions. Whilst meeting up for a coffee locally is an option, more professional meetings often require the enclosed, undisturbed professional setting that you may find in an office space. With this in mind, it is possible to create your very own client-friendly office space at home.
In this blog post, we will share exactly how you can create a client-friendly home working space, and important aspects to keep in mind in the process. Take a look at the following suggestions:
Keep away from the buzz
First things first, if your current home office space is next to lively spaces in the house such as the kitchen or lounge, you should look to make a switch and locate away from the busier areas. For example, if you have a spare bedroom upstairs and your family is not using their bedroom during the day, it would be a much better option to set up shop there instead. It may seem tiresome, but ensuring your meetings can enter your home and have a meeting without disturbance is imperative for your professional reputation.
Opt for soundproofing where possible
Although you may not have specialist soundproof walls, there are small additions to your working space if you want to make the space as quiet as possible. Anything from heavy doors to even thick rugs on the floor can make your office much quieter. Sound peeps door panels are also helpful if you do not want to completely restructure your room.
Make the space open and refreshing
Your working space also needs to feel open and refreshing for client satisfaction. The last thing they want is to show up for a meeting in a dark, lightless box room. Make the room as open and refreshing as possible, even with limited space this is possible. Use sheet curtains for privacy whilst letting light into the room, and incorporate things like plants to add to the airy feeling.
Have your business proudly visible
Your clients are visiting your home office to discuss business after all, this is the perfect opportunity to showcase your brand. Dress your walls with your business’s achievements, logos and other creatives you have from your branding agency in Manchester. Reflect on what the brand means to you, and let clients appreciate it when they visit for meetings. This will also set the tone and detach from the fact they are in your home.
Make it comfortable
If there is one thing to take advantage of when working in a home office, it is the comfortable furniture you can choose for yourself. You need to set your home office apart from other home offices that clients may visit. Make sure any chairs are comfortable and match the feng shui of the office. Small treats such as a coffee machine and ready-to-eat biscuits and fruits will go a long way and show your attention to detail!
Overall, creating a client-friendly office space might seem like a task, but it only requires a few tweaks to get things right. Ensuring that your home office is a hub for productivity should be the priority, and then start to make appropriate changes such as soundproofing, displaying your brand, and making it comfortable for clients. Meetings have never been so relaxing!