More and more, people are starting businesses out of their homes and companies are allowing employees to work remotely. Almost every home has a room or area dedicated to an office, whether you just have a desk, chair, and computer, or you’re equipped with other office essentials such as a scanner, printer, fax, filing cabinet, and more. Regardless of the size of your office and how often you use of it, it’s still important to keep that area of your home safe and secure.
Choose office décor wisely. Your home office is a reflection of you, so decorating your workspace can be fun, but whether you have regular client visits or your office is for personal use, you should be mindful of your décor and make the most out of your space. Office décor can help with privacy. Window treatments will help keep people on the outside from looking in, and doors, especially with a lock, can give you privacy and help keep any sensitive information secure. If you have children or pets in the home, make sure they stay out of the office area so that they don’t get hurt and equipment doesn’t get damaged.
Stay organized and clutter-free. Easier said than done, right? But maintaining an organized and clutter-free home office can make a difference not only mentally, but physically when it comes to your safety. Tangled wires, loose papers, and scattered boxes can all cause tripping and falling. Keeping a clean office is especially important if you have clients visit. You don’t want to be portrayed as messy and unorganized, and you don’t want them to injure themselves during a meeting.
Practice general safety (especially if clients come to your home office). Always have your cell phone handy in case of an emergency. Also, when first meeting a client, arrange to meet in a public place, such as a coffee shop, and always inform someone when, where, and with whom you have appointments. You should also use caution when you have deliveries made to your home office/business. Never let a person inside your home without proper identification.
Protect your home office. For many of us, our home offices are home to important documents and expensive technology. Secure your home and your home office with a security system. BSG offers many great options for homeowners and small businesses, including alarm systems, cameras, and smart home features! To learn more and schedule your free home evaluation, give us a call at (855) MYSMARTHOME.