Jun 10, 2017 by Lina Vashurina, Ecwid Team
For a lot of e-commerce entrepreneurs, their home is also their first office. It makes sense as well — when you’re starting out, cutting costs and commute time is crucial. Working from home solves both these problems cheaply. But there’s another advantage few people talk about: the freedom to design your own office space.
Conventional offices restrict how and where you work. You are limited by equipment as well as environment. With your home office, however, you can be as comfortable as you want to be. You can choose your own space, decor, and equipment.
We’ve put together a list of life hacks for building a more comfortable and productive office space.
Getting the Right Equipment
The first step in building a comfortable office is getting comfortable equipment. You’ll spend long hours at your desk and your computer; the right equipment can go miles in improving productivity and comfort.
Here are a few life hacks for choosing home office equipment.
1. Invest in a comfortable chair
A comfortable chair is the heart of a productive home office. You’ll spend nearly half your day on it; investing in a good one will make a marked difference to your work life.
Selecting the right chair can be a challenge. Prices vary a lot — a basic chair will cost under $50 while a high-end Aeron chair will set you back by a minimum of $1,000. To find the right fit, head over to your local furniture store and test out a few chairs in-person. Check for back, thigh and arm support. Also consider the material used and warranties offered, if any.
2. Buy a second monitor
A second monitor is the closest you can get to a productivity superpower. An additional screen makes so many tasks easier — coding, designing, writing and researching. It also makes multi-tasking more approachable.
If you don’t like juggling windows, a second monitor should be high on your wish list. For best results, buy the same model as your current setup so you have the same screen fidelity and experience.