Project Management

5 Tips for Setting Up Your Home Office

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and project manager living and working in London. She runs The Otobos Group, a project communications consultancy specializing in project management.

I work from home and have done so on and off for many years. Since September 2019, I’ve been permanently home-based. (Well, I work in a converted shed in the garden.)

While there are lots of advantages to being based at home, it takes a while to get your space set up effectively. Here are five of my tips for creating a home office space where you can run online project team meetings and stay in touch with your team.

1. Get good lighting. If you’re going to be doing a lot of video calls, think about how you can light your face. It’s beneficial to people on the other end of the camera to be able to see your expressions—and no one is going to be able to connect with you if you look like a dark shadow.

I have a ring light mounted on the wall over my desk that I can turn on when I’m on a video call. You can use a lamp on the desk or sit in front of a window. Overhead lights in the room can also work, but try to avoid lights directly behind you as they’ll put you in shadow.

2. Use a headset. Remote work still requires you to talk to people, and I quickly found out that I got neck ache and arm ache from using my phone. Get a hands-free kit for your phone and a headset for your computer.

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