by Caroline Kirby
As the one year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. passes, many of us all across the country are still adjusting and defining what our “new normal” really means.
While some aspects of life have gone back to how it was pre-pandemic, for many, we’ve seen a change in our professional life, specifically, with more and more companies opting to allow employees to work remotely full time or even a hybrid schedule. Although this is mostly a great solution, if you’re now trying to work from home with a partner or roommate who is also working remotely or you have children that are doing virtual school, then you may have had some growing pains. One trend that we’ve seen pop up is the use of tiny homes as office space.
Why Use a Tiny Home as an Office?
Working from home was once seen as a luxury only a few lucky workers had the chance to do, but many of us have had to adjust to this form of work since March of last year. While it was a great opportunity for most, it’s safe to say that none of us could have known just how much time we’d be spending at home. Having a space for your work that’s separate from your home can make it easier for you to get things done.
- A separate space can help minimize distractions like doing the dishes or other “small” chores around the house and will generally allow you to get into the work mindset vs. cozy at home mindset.
- Allows you to define a more solid work-life balance. When you are working from home, it can be tempting to open up your laptop and send just one more email, but having a separate space can allow you to leave all your work items in one spot and walk away at the end of the day.
- It’s tax-deductible! You can write off your home office and the associated expenses.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you’re interested in building a tiny home on your property to use as an office.
The Keys to Successfully Using a Tiny Home as an Office
If you have the space on your property, constructing a tiny home could be a great resource. This could be your private office or even an office space that you and your family rotate between, depending on your needs.
Here are the most important things to know to ensure you get the most out of your new office space.
- Make a list of your essential work items and take measurements. How big is your laptop? Do you also need a monitor? Think of all the supplies you absolutely need to get your job done. Some other common items may include printer, shredder, landline, calendar, etc.
- Minimalism is key. While it may be tempting to decorate the space and make it your own, try to minimize the number of things you have. Tiny homes and spaces can clutter quickly.
- Make it comfortable! Invest in comfortable seating and proper lighting so that you can work in peace.
- Check out the companies that already make tiny homes specifically for office spaces, like Inshed and Modern Shed. These companies, and many others, have nailed down the perfect formulas for successful tiny spaces.
While tiny homes are certainly a trend, remember there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, so take your time to decide what works best for you! If you’re looking to purchase some vacant land or want to list your vacant land for buyers looking to build office space, check out LandHub.com’s listings.
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