The number of people starting businesses from home in their spare time has risen by 34 per cent over the past year.
This is according to new figures from Freelancer.co.uk, which found that of those respondents some 56 per cent started their venture in their bedroom.
Running a bedroom business can be a hugely rewarding but challenging task. We have compiled some top tips to help you maximise your productivity in the minimum amount of space.
1. Minimise distractions
It is remarkably easy to get distracted when working from home. The kitchen is within easy reach, and there is always some tidying to be done. It is important that you minimise these distractions as far as possible. If there are jobs that you know will play on your mind, make sure that they are done before you start work. Once you have begun working, try to treat your time exactly as you would time spent in an office. You are there to work, not to tidy.
2. Set time limits
Although long working weeks are de rigueur for new business owners, it is important that you set yourself some boundaries. Do not work throughout the night, and try to ensure that you do not go straight from your bed to your desk or vice versa. Bad habits of this sort can dramatically reduce the quality of your sleep, which in turn will hit your productivity.
3. Get dressed
There is a temptation when working from home to do so in your dressing gown. Make sure that you do not do this. By dressing for work you are helping to establish an atmosphere and mindset in which you will help to ensure that you work to the best of your ability.
4. Work with your family
Although your family might not be involved in the day-to-day running of your business, it is vital that you involve them in some practical considerations. You will need to establish the periods during which you are working, and ask that you are not disturbed during these times. Conversely, though, you should remember that your family will want the run of the house (and, indeed, your company) at certain times too, and you will need to arrange your working patterns accordingly.
5. Get some structure
Structure is vital if you are to maximise productivity, but your bedroom is often not a conducive atmosphere to it. Try to force some structure into your working periods, for example by prioritising time sensitive tasks. There is a range of tools that can help you do this, from a simple pad and paper to one of the many free online project management packages.
6. Make space
It is vital that you set aside some space in your bedroom specifically for working, for example a separate desk. It is hugely psychologically important that you have an area that is specifically dedicated to work.
7. Know when it’s time to move
Finally, it is important to remember that you are unlikely to be able to stay in your bedroom forever. At some point you will need space to grow, and this may require you to find premises of your own. Read our tips for negotiating your first office lease.