[This article was written by Hannah Whittenly.]
Starting your own home business may seem like the ideal solution to having more time with family and realizing your financial goals. Currently, there are over 38 million home-based businesses in the United States. Before starting your business, you need to take inventory of the space that you will need to operate it. You may be one of the fortunate ones who has a separate room to run your business—but even if you are not—here are some tips to help you maximize the space that you have and make the most of it.
You do not have to be a minimalist, to run your own home business, but making the most of the space you have is an important step. The first thing you need to do is go through all of your possessions and decide which ones support you in your home business endeavors and which ones do not. This well help you not only maximize space, but your time as well because you will no longer need to care for them.
Organize the Space You Have
Organizing the space you have is the next essential component for running a successful home business. Having a system for the workflow and for organizing your papers will help your business right keep running smoothly. After all, the last thing that you want is to lose any important paperwork, such as orders or invoices.
Repurpose a Space
Take a look at each of the areas of your house. For example, have you had an adult child move out? If they have left any of their stuff, you can put it in storage and use the space for your business needs. Do you have an unfinished basement that is only used to store excess junk? If so, you could clear out part of it, install shelving, and set up a desk area. You wouldn’t need to do a complete remodel until you were ready to invest in that.
Many home businesses use self storage as a solution for managing inventory. Many of them are climate controlled and keep your inventory safe. This is a low-cost solution that will help keep your home a place that you can relax and enjoy. After all, you do not want to feel like you live in a warehouse.
Taking the time to organize your space is the first step to setting you on the road to success. Making the most of the space that you have is the first step. If you find that you still need more space, off-site storage may be the best solution.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.