What do you need in a home office to be a successful freelancer? The answer will vary significantly from person to person. For some, all that is needed is a laptop. For myself, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
in fact, I’ve spent the last year working to get my home office space tailored to my wants and needs. So, what does my home office look like? Take a look below! And do forgive the lack of professional photography.
Here is where the magic happens. My custom made desk offers space for both computing and writing by hand. I use an all-in-one desktop computer with a 23.8 inch monitor to make editing as easy as possible for me. The keyboard is an ergonomic design, as is the mousepad. I switched to them after I started having significant wrist pain and they have all but eliminated any issues.
One of my my newest purchases is the desk chair, which is a racing style gamer chair. I chose this over executive options because it was more ergonomic than those within the same price range. It is fully adjustable and is currently my favorite office feature.
On the wall, I hung up various art pieces. Some are free digital prints, a few are designs I made myself, and there are also pieces courtesy of my son, who is currently going through a Pokémon phase. The “white board” is an old picture frame the previous owners of my home left behind. I spray painted it, filled it with scrapbook paper, and use it to write myself little notes from time to time.
This is a shelf I had custom made by a local metalworker. Originally, I saw it filled with various decor items and books for myself. However, my son has pretty much taken it over.
Here is the sitting area of my office. This chaise lounge was quite the lucky purchase in that, due to a shipping error, I ended up getting it for free. While it wasn’t exactly a custom made piece, it did give me customization options, so I got exactly what I wanted. I often use this when researching for work on my tablet. My son also spends a lot of time here when I’m working and he doesn’t have school for the day.
Finally, we have my tea station. It isn’t the prettiest, but I could not live without it. Aside from the computing section of my desk, this is easily the most essential part of my office.
Now you know what my home office setup looks like. Tell me about yours in the comments!
Freelance writer and editor with an education background, working from home and living abroad.