It's a common misconception that running a home-based business is simple. When you work from home, it can be really difficult to stay focused. After all, if your household chores are piling up and family members are interrupting you, it isn't easy to concentrate on your work. The good news is, it isn't hard to fix the problem, and you don't even need to lease office space to find a quiet place to work. Instead, consider renting an affordable storage unit and turning it into your office away from home.
Renting a Storage Unit
When you're renting a storage unit to use as office space, you can't just rent any random unit. Standard storage units aren't designed for people to use for anything other than storing their belongings, and if you do use a standard storage unit for work purposes, you risk getting evicted. However, many storage unit facilities offer storage units that are designed for people to use as a dedicated work space. These units might cost a bit more than a standard unit, but they are ideal for those operating a home business because they are still cheaper than leasing office space. Once you find a facility that has space available for an office, you need to make a list of all of the furniture you'll be moving into the unit, along with measurements. This way, the facility manager can help you determine what size unit you need.
Decorating the Space
Adjusting to a work space isn't easy, but you can make the transition easier by setting up the storage unit so that it resembles an office. For example, instead of placing your desk against the wall, place it so that it sits in the middle of the unit and you sit facing the door. You can line the walls of your storage unit with bookcases and/or filing cabinets to make the space feel like a traditional office. If you rent a storage unit that is big enough, consider creating a small seating area where you can relax during your work breaks and a snack station. You can also:
- Hang colorful sheets, banners, or tapestries along the walls of the unit to cover up the metal.
- Lay a large area rug over the unit's cement floor.
- Use double-sided tape to hang art prints or posters on the walls.
Turning a storage unit into a quiet space that makes you feel productive is simple. However, you do need to take the time to find a storage unit facility that will allow you to use the unit as a workplace. The last thing you want to do is rent a storage space to use as an office if it's against the facility's rules.