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  • Elena Stewart

Tips on How to Stage Your Home Office for Clients

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Staging virtual meetings in your home office have become commonplace, thanks to a large proportion of the workforce working permanently from home. However, getting your home office in top shape so it’s appealing and inviting for clients who pop by — either virtually or in person — is another story altogether. Here's how to put your best foot forward.

Ensuring there is always fresh air circulating

Key things you might want to consider when creating your home office with safety in mind is to ensure there is enough circulating air so clients feel comfortable when visiting you. Be sure to make the necessary adjustments if you don't have good airflow flowing through the space by installing a window AC unit. Also, ensure that your AC unit is inspected often for blockages or damage to the air filters to ensure it continues working correctly. If it's not working up to par, then make the necessary effort to get your air conditioning unit repaired as soon as possible. However, if your fan motor or compressor breaks, it may be time to replace your unit entirely, especially if the unit is over 10 years old and has reached its lifespan.

Making use of automated technology

If you work from home, you'll need to have some of the more up-to-date technology on hand, such as letting customers pay for invoices with an app, for example. This makes it easier for them to pay at a time and place that is more convenient to them, as well as reduces the necessity of direct contact with devices and each other.

Registering your business accordingly

While every business comes with a certain amount of risk, if you can find ways to mitigate this, then it'll lead to fewer hassles down the line. For example, when you register your business as an LLC, you protect your personal assets from litigation should your business get into trouble financially in the future. This is why so many new entrepreneurs choose this company structure for this key benefit in particular, as well as the fact that they can have a formation company do all the legwork to register their business. Also, you are likely to save when going this route instead of using lawyer services, which can be quite a bit more expensive to do the same job.

Making your home office look as professional as possible

In addition to creating a clean and sanitary environment, you also want to establish a home office that looks attractive so you can host virtual meetings without feeling self-conscious about what your office looks like. This is where the organization is key in creating a clutter-free neat, orderly tidy space where you can feel calm, organized, and most of all, professional. Furthermore, you might want to pay attention to the lighting to ensure that it is bright enough for them to see you clearly on screen but not too distracting that it becomes an eyesore for people to chat with you online. Also, be sure to invest in key office furniture pieces that will make your home office space look like it's an established place of business by investing in a business-like desk and chair as well as cabinetry to help you store away odds and ends.

These are but a few things you can do to ensure your home office is as safe as can be when you are hosting in-person as well as virtual meetings. Make sure your AC unit is in great shape, buy comfortable furniture, and keep things clean. This way, you won’t feel self-conscious or uneasy when you host a meeting from your home office.

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