Until a few years ago, the work-from-home (WFH) model was an unknown concept for many individuals. Today, it's a reality, getting a major boost from the COVID-19 pandemic. Having a space in your home where you can work is not only convenient but, in extreme situations, necessary.
Whether you're shopping for a manufactured home with an extra bedroom that you can transform into an office, or with a bonus space off the kitchen or living room, you have an opportunity to set up a functional home office that fits your personal style.
Why Do You Need a Home Office?
Pandemic or no pandemic, many employers have discovered through the COVID-19 experience that this “new way” of working is completely doable. For those employers with a more traditional mentality, this was the experience they needed to understand that with technology, the right tools, and a committed team, WFH is possible. For northerners, it can even open the possibility of buying a manufactured home as a second home in Florida, so you can escape cold winters while continuing to work.
Professionals with years of experience working from home say that establishing a designated workspace is the secret to concentrating and getting all your tasks accomplished. Being home can be tricky for some because taking small breaks throughout the day to do chores like laundry or dishes can be very tempting. However, having a place where you can get in the zone and concentrate sends your mind the message that it's time to work.
How to Set up Your Office at Home
Despite the perception that some have about manufactured or modular homes being small, the reality is that these homes are as spacious as site-built homes. You can buy a manufactured home with a two-, three-, four- or even five-bedroom floor plans, making it easy to create a home office. If you are new to the work-from-home culture and need some help, here are some tips that will help you get started.
1. Identify an Area for Your Office
Do you have a spare bedroom you can transform? Or do you have extra space in another area? Start by determining how much space you have for your equipment and work, then put together a list of things you need to buy.
If you are in the process of looking for a new manufactured home, before making a final decision, review your budget and see if you can afford a larger floor plan that would allow you to have a room just for this. In case you need to go with a smaller floor plan, study the model carefully to identify where you can create your office. A smaller space doesn’t mean your home office won’t be feasible. Nowadays, there are tons of small desk options (including standing desks) that will help you create a cozy area for you to get your creative juices flowing.
Another thing to keep in mind when deciding your home office space is the equipment you use on a daily basis. Do you use more than one monitor? Do you have a printer? These items will play a role in defining the space you need.
2. How Much Privacy Do You Need?
Are you on calls most part of your day? How much privacy you need is a big aspect to consider. In case you have a spare room, this won’t be an issue, but if your office is near the living room, kitchen or other areas with a lot of noise, you might want to consider adding to your list of must-haves some privacy panels.
3. Create a Professional Appearance
They say that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and this applies to your home office. A lot of companies prefer conference calls with the camera on, so this means that looks will be an important part of your home office. Visualize what others will see on the other side of the screen and strive to keep it professional. If working from home is still new to you and you are not sure if investing in a backdrop is necessary, place your office in an area that looks good. Luxury manufactured homes like ours have high-end design features that serve this purpose.
4. Invest in What You Need
Besides a desk, a desk chair and a computer, there are other things you need on your list of essentials. Your home office will need high speed internet, ample lighting and places to plug in all of your equipment. Fortunately, manufactured homes tend to be energy efficient, so you can enjoy lower energy bills compared with a site-built home.
Imagine Your Home Office in a Jacobsen Homes Model
Excited to see your home office become a reality? A home office will make the transition to remote work easier. You can achieve the same level of productivity that you would have in an office if you create the perfect ambiance. At Jacobsen Homes, our homes are built using the best materials and technology available. Our different floor plans offer big and small families a variety of options to choose from. Contact us today to learn more!