In the digital age we live in now, with so many people approaching flexible and remote working, it is easier than ever to set up your personal workspace in your home. From my experience at the Alex Aaronson Photography Studio, which was created in my house, I have found that while there are some incredible benefits of essentially being in charge of your own office, there are a few aspects that people might not consider at first. If you are thinking of starting your own independent business, be it in the art field or not, or if you simply want to create a nice office room in your home, this article is for you!
Alex Aaronson Photography started as a home studio; this meant that I often found it tempting to work at all hours of the day, and sometimes letting my work infiltrate the rest of the house. If the inspiration strikes while you’re in the kitchen, for example, you might just continue your work there. However, it is fundamental to have a clear separation between work and relax; have a different room if possible, so that you can keep distractions away and truly focus. At the same time, it will be easier to relax outside of the work zone, and as you will be dictating your own working rhythm you need to make sure there is a reasonable balance with enough rest.
Something I have encountered quite frequently here at Alex Aaronson Photography, especially in my busier creative periods, is that it is easy to let your working area get a bit chaotic. There is nothing wrong with this, and sometimes it can be a sign of creativity, or perhaps you find yourself comfortable in an organised mess, if you still know where everything is. However, there will come a time when you might need to receive someone in your office, perhaps at short notice, and you will find yourself having to quickly clean up everything that has accumulated in the meantime. For this reason, it is a good idea to keep your work area tidy and well organised; if you in any way plan to showcase your work or meet potential clients, you want to have at least one room that is appropriate for client-facing relations.
The final tip from Alex Aaronson Photography for anyone who, in some shape or form, works from home, is to take regular breaks and make sure you have some sort of interaction with others, be it your family, your neighbours, or a walk with your dog. If you work in front of a screen, take a break every hour or so to rest your eyes, and remember to stretch throughout the day!