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Five Hacks For A Beautiful And Functional Home Office

Five Hacks For A Beautiful And Functional Home Office

The old stereotype of running a business out of a garage exists, but every businessman who works from home should have a proper home office. While you may think that building a small, cubicle-like space is enough for you, no one really likes cubicles. Running a business from home requires a huge amount of self-motivation and working in a dreary, drab space will not help in that regard.

You do not have to remake your home or be some master craftsman to construct an office that will make your work more enjoyable or functional. A few small hacks will spruce up your office, morale, and make the day-to-day grind easier.

1. Invest in a proper chair

You could just grab one of your kitchen chairs and plonk it down in your office. I used to do that. But it was difficult to sit back in that chair and plan the day’s events. I wasted so much time adjusting my seat or sitting position in order to make myself comfortable and had problems concentrating. When I finally got a good office chair for just $60, I could sit down without moving about. The chair had removed a distraction.

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You will be sitting in your office chair for hours, so get one which is ergonomically comfortable. Don’t try to skimp – a little extra money here will go a long ways towards improving your comfort and morale. You can also look into creating a stand-up desk given the negative health effects of sitting day after day.

2. Manage your cables

Cables suck. A tangled jungle of cables looks ugly and signifies that you are not truly in control of your environment. And if you need to take your computer to a presentation, there is the mess of finding the right cable and untangling it from all the others.

The good news is that since cables are such a problem, there are a lot of guides out there that have tips on how to organize them. At bare minimum, take some time to label your cables with a sticker or twisty tie so you can easily determine which is which. I would also recommend tying similar cables which go to the same device such as a desktop together in order to organize which cables go where.

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3. More Space is Better than Less

One of the biggest enemies of any home office is clutter. If you bring clients into your office, the clutter will convince them that you are disorganized. Cables and wires are a real problem, so it might be a good idea to look at wireless headsets in place of fixed line telephones. Even the mere presence of clutter is a distracting element and can waste your time as you try to remember where you put that important document.

In order to get rid of clutter, you need to have an organized storage space. If you have less place then you would like, then add some bins and shelves on your walls to give yourself additional storage. Try to organize things vertically and horizontally so that you can make the room which you might not have.

Even a small office or closet should be able to have enough room for everything you need. But if you cannot make it work, you may want to consider using a bigger room in your house as the office instead. Your living or dining room can be good choices to have additional space.

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4. Green is Good

We all mock the artificial plants we find in many regular offices. But studies have shown that real plants can lower your stress, improve your attention capacity, and improve your work performance. A plant is a great way to spice up your office a bit and give out a soothing scent. Low-maintenance plants such as aloe, ficus, and cacti are great choices for an office.

Aside from plants, generally look for ways to add a personal touch of decoration to ease the stress of work such as photographs or small mementos. You want your home office to feel like home.

5. Light problems

A dull, dark workspace is not going to inspire creativity and imagination. And while your office will obviously have some lighting, additional lamps can offer a more personal touch and help you focus on your computer. A small lamp on your desk can help you read smaller-printed documents and reduce eye strain and headaches.

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In addition to electric lamps, position your office so that it receives plenty of natural light. My personal layout is to position my desk in the middle of two separate windows. Most of the time, the light shines in my office and makes me feel better. If the light starts to shine in my eyes, I close the blinds.

But not all kinds of light are good. If you are going to spend a lot of time in front of a computer, I would recommend investing in a pair of anti-computer glare glasses. Also take some time every day to look away from the computer and take in your personalized, organized, and open office.

Featured photo credit: izzatFulkrum via flickr.com

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We live in a world where brands surround us. We recognize companies through their logo designs rather than their service or products. Our philosophy is that if it’s a brand, it means it’s good. Why? Because it’s known and recognized by all. Youngsters prefer to wear Nike or Reebok footwear, even if there are the same designs in local companies, just because they will be easily recognized as branded by their friends and family.

A logo is a statement of a business or a company and a sign of individuality, which distinguishes one brand from another. Even a child would recognize the M of the McDonalds, even from far away. The people use the logo to associate with the brand or the company. Creating and setting up a business is easy, but making it a brand is difficult. To make your business a brand, the most important thing is to create an eye-catching logo design.

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There is a lot of work that goes into the making of the perfect logo, which is a recognizing factor for people. Here are some of the tips that will help you in creating a logo design that will make your business a brand.

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Gauge the Market

Study your business or company and see the competitor company’s logo designs. Know the business in and out and write down all the important points and use them to create a related logo design.

Research

Conduct research about the client and customers and the target market. What is the business about? If the products cater to children then create a colorful and lively logo, while if it is for corporate parties, then create a formal and attractive logo.

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Link It

Whatever logo you design, keep in mind that it should relate to the company and the nature of business. The logo is used to recognize the brand, so it should have connections with the company’s history and future.

Use Resources

There are some applications available for you to download and create a perfect logo. You can use the variety of samples and tweak it a bit to your liking by changing the colors or font.

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Font and Colors

Always make sure to use bold and striking colors. Study the color therapy and what affect each color has on the onlookers. Choose bright colors for an attractive and appealing logo design. Use creative fonts so that it instantly hooks up the customers.

Customize

Learn Photoshop, Adobe, and Illustrator for that eye-catching logo design. Create a customized logo design with abstracts and images, or choose a picture. You can also make use of solid shapes or go with a flow and retro design. A tagline or your company name or your name initials can also be a logo design. Just incorporate it in a unique way, so it stands out from the others.

The logo is a signature of your brand; it is one of the company’s most valuable assets. A well-designed logo is the one that exposes your business and communicates your message to the public.  Designing an eye-catching logo is not that simple as it sounds; it demands a lot of creative imagination and out of box thinking.  Whatever logo you design, ask your friends and family to view and ask them their suggestions and change and set it accordingly, as they represent the public. A well-designed logo should represent the true and perfect image of a company to the people. Make sure your logo design represents your brand and has striking effects.

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