FREE Guide: Design Your Home Office for Efficient Work

Create & Run Your Biz, Home Office Furnishing, Telework & Virtual Officing
March 13th, 2020 No Comments »

The home office is an interesting place – starting with the name. Whether it’s in a bedroom, the den, a closet or other nook, it’s clearly part of the home – and subject to all the advantages and distractions that come in kind.

But for more than 40 million Americans who work from home – and those forced to telecommute or telework in response to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 – it’s still an office,?a place of business where professionalism and decorum are keys to success.

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Home Office Furniture, Desks in the Era of the iPad and Mobile Device

Creature Comforts, Home Office Furnishing
April 23rd, 2011 No Comments »

No DeskBack in the day just a few decades ago, the desks we used both at the home office and corporate workplace needed to accommodate the behemoth desktop computers and monitors of the time.

However, according to guest columnist Michael Samsel, laptop sales overtook desktop sales on a global scale several years ago. And that business trend-slash-evolution continues. Today, yet another transformation is occurring as the “tablet” computer, aka “iPad” and similar products take portability a step further into our lives.

How are our workspaces evolving in kind to accommodate these devices?

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High-Tech Meets High-Touch. Is Your Home Office Inspired?

design, Home Office Furnishing, Motivation & Inspiration
July 12th, 2009 No Comments »

my-home-office-ii-from-trancemist-via-flickr-ccPeople frequently write about what makes the home office a compelling place to work.

This piece from the network discusses interior designer Janet McCann’s take on the home office. Her goal in designing a home-based workspace is to exceed client dreams. Not just expectations, but dreams.

Seems she’s captured the essence of the purpose of the home office. The space should be a “distinct expression of the owner.” It delivers what John Naisbitt’s best seller Megatrends sold almost two decades ago: The convergence of “high touch” and “high tech” throughout life.

home-office-31-by-tipclapper-via-flickr-cc“This home office is a personal sanctuary, as much about productivity as it is about individual style”, says the designer. Can you say that about your home office?

Does it balance your need for productivity with comforts of the home?

Does it embrace color and light? Does it serve the needs of your body at work and rest, with a desk, and a reading space, and lounging area?

Read on as McCann discusses her design philosophy — and remember, while rich and luxurious might not be your thing (and may outpace your budget), it’s the thinking behind the design that’s important, NOT the cost… Read More »

Hey Home Office Worker: Got a’Getaway Space’

Home Office Furnishing, Set-up / Design & Organization
January 27th, 2009 No Comments »

Long-time home office architect Neal Zimmerman has created a killer new concept for the home office genre: The Getaway Space.

bloom-writers-studioNot so much a home office or site for a home-based business as a retreat for anyone, the spaces seem part entrepreneur-minded, and part Henry David Thoreau-esque escapism.

Neal explores backyard pavilions and personal getaway spaces. He shows why, how and where people are building them, and showcases custom designs, and myriad examples of prefabricated modular units that can be shipped anywhere in the world and quickly assembled. Read More »

Home Office Round-Up: Telework Earns Passing Grades (Surprise!)

Create & Run Your Biz, Home Office Furnishing, Set-up / Design & Organization, SOHO Workstyles, Telework & Virtual Officing, The New Entrepreneur, The Road Warrior, Your Personal Brand
November 23rd, 2008 1 Comment »

Timely (or timeless?) accolades came to the fore in the home office this week, as telework earned a nod as a viable alternative to commuting and a valuable piece of the conservation puzzle.

The Standard had a write-up on The Smart2020 Report revealing that telework (or telecommuting or “CloudWork,” as Plantronics recently coined) ranks highest among various efforts to reduce resource consumption. Catch S2020’s Summary here. Then craft a proposal to pitch telework in your workplace.

In that bit on Plantronics, they fielded a survey and contest to rename telework. Check it out.

Gartner Analyst Nick Jones wondered whether to plan a telepresence in his home office. I have one response: Do it now, while it’s unrushed, or do it later — when a client, boss or corporate mandate compels you to. The telepresence — a Webcam with audio and video conferencing capabilities — will become the norm in short order. (Note to self: Clean the mess in the background…)

Lest we older folk mistakenly believe that telework is all about us — or anyone born after 1978, I stumbled across TeleTwenties. A bit unpolished, but cool insights nonetheless from a turk from the younger generation. Worth a read – no matter when you were born.

And in a fit of branding genius, or more of a marketing “Like-Duh!” Epiphany, Jeff Zbar (I) rebranded his (my) Twitter feed to ChiefHomeOffice (No R, only 15 characters allowed). Might as well keep the brands consistent…

Sunday Home Office Round-Up: Bathrooms, Cool Tech & Search

Home Office Furnishing, News & Reviews
November 16th, 2008 No Comments »

Gizmodo home office bathroomAhh, innovation, inspiration and a true insight of what it means to be a home office worker abounds this week in the Home Office Round-Up. Namely, the well-furnished bathroom – and what it means to today’s productive home officer.

Take the bathroom, for example. Wireless phone company Nokia says 53 percent of Americans have taken a work-related call or email in the bathroom. Gizmodo believes the bathroom is central to home office success. “The answer is clear…we want to work in the bathroom…It sounds gross but consider this: many of us do our best thinking in the bathroom…Here are some gadgets to help you get started on your own bathroom-based home office.”

I’ve written on how to build a home office el cheapo. But some tech, hardware and furniture simply shouldn’t be skimped out on. Just ask Joel Falconer. He has a piece on Five Home Office Items You Should Never, um, Skimp On. Chair, desk, mouse, keyboard and monitor. That pretty much sums it up, aside .

A-B-C-D-E-F-G… Usually, people make lists with numbers. Now, we have a glossary of home office tech terms from Annie Mueller. Some are spot-on (accounts [tracking software] and advertising [online marketing tools]), and some are out of step with the business of the home office (like the joystick, though Joomla was a nice addition). Worth a peek…

Here’s one for G: Google Alerts. Some pretty cool stuff out there. Let Google find it for you. Go to GoogleAlerts, fill in your Search Terms, how Comprehensive you want it (blogs, video, the Web, etc.), How Often and the destination email it should be sent to. Pretty simple. Very powerful. Give it a try…

Home Office Furniture Goes Ergo

Home Office Furnishing, Uncategorized
September 1st, 2008 1 Comment »

I pinched a nerve in my neck about a month ago. How? I sat in our recliner. Silly me.

A spasm of pain shot through my right shoulder to my neck. The muscles seized and cramped. And I contorted in agony and stiffness, as if watching my kids come home from school and knowing my home office solitude would soon be lost to the cacophony and chaos of youth.

So I did what any American has been conditioned to do. I called a board-certified orthopedist. Read More »

Lifehacker’s Extreme Home Office Make-Over: A MUST Read!

Home Office Furnishing, Set-up / Design & Organization
June 23rd, 2008 1 Comment »

Leave it to the good peeps at Lifehacker to showcase the best and brightest in the home office universe. The three shots below reveal a pretty extensive, exhaustive and Extreme Home Office Make Over. Everything was touched and affected in this renovation, from the home office furniture to the filing system to the lighting.

LifeHacker Extreme Home Office Make Over

In fact, the lighting in the bottom image and use of ambient light, including open windows and the mirror in front of the desk, highlight (so to speak) just how creative and enlightened a home office — or any office — can be.

Devil’s advocate says: Let’s see just how “organized” this space is in six months. In fact, the devil must be a Lifehacker reader, because that was one of the comments in the extensive comments section.
Then there’s the trinkets that “decorate” the space. But I’ll leave it to you to read the piece and see what I mean. Curious George would always be welcome in this home office…

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