Starting a business from the comfort of your bedroom is an exciting period of growth, personally and professionally. You’ll be calling all the shots, giving yourself a more flexible lifestyle and doing it on your terms – so here’s our top advice that you’ll need to know when starting a bedroom business.
Keep your space separate and organised.
First of all, make your bed. Aid your productivity by tidying your bedroom and ensuring any clutter is cleared away – it will make you less stressed and able to think clearer.
Invest in some good storage options so that you have designated space for personal and work items (this could be your stock, financial records, or just the things you need on your desk). Under-bed storage could be the best option in this case, to keep your personal clutter out of sight – Divan Beds Centre offers lots of storage solutions that can give you ample storage, that won’t take up any extra space in your bedroom.
Be sure to create a workspace for yourself. As tempting as it may be, try not to work from your bed or the sofa, as this could hinder your productivity and give you more opportunity for distraction.
Double up a dressing table as a desk for the time being – or install a small folding down desk if possible, to give you a separate area to work from, if you don’t have room for a full desk. Make this area positive and welcoming, so when you sit down to work (as you might often find yourself here late at night, in the early days of your business) you feel motivated and encouraged to start your day.
Throw away your clock and learn as much as possible.
When you take on the challenge of a new business, you’ll have to relinquish a lot of your time – you’re not being paid by the hour (generally speaking), but by the tasks you complete.
You’ll have to learn a lot of skills and wear a lot of hats when it comes to building something from the ground up, so seek out training and free local business support, or find Youtube videos that show you how to solve roadblocks, like learning basic HTML code, or balancing your financial books. Ask people for help, and create strict money habits to ensure you’re making the most from the little you might be starting off with.
There are thousands of free resources online for entrepreneurs and small business owners, so utilise these as much as you can – it will be a lot of work and you will need to be prepared to create new working habits for a while.
Be aware of isolation.
Of course, it’s important to work hard, and dedicate a lot of time to your fledgeling business, but you have to set aside time to get out and about too.
Isolation – especially in the current global COVID focused climate – is not good for the human psyche, and so here are some tips for making sure you don’t spend too long in isolation;
- Give yourself regular breaks, to get away from your desk, or go for a short walk.
- Find a cafe with good Wifi, and make a point to use it as a workspace a couple of times a week. You can double this up as a meeting space if you have to arrange with a client.
- Attend meet-ups for local business people, and network – you never know when a connection could come in handy.
- If you aren’t able to go out socially (eg: you’re in local lockdown), organise a Zoom lunch with a friend or colleague to get some interaction in your off time.
Follow these tips when setting up that business from your bedroom and you’ll be on your way to an office in no time!