Working at home has become the norm today. With Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, announcing that all his employees can work remotely ‘forever’ and other forward-thinking companies following suit, remote working will become even more popular in the coming years. Of course, the Global Pandemic plays a role in people’s decisions to have a home office, the trend actually began years ago.
We bumped into Nimrod Santo—a direct response marketer and online entrepreneur with some pizzas and he gave us a few tips on the things we can do to set up a comfortable home office. Nimrod’s telemarketing business and his online entrepreneurial network has made him the king of ‘sit-at-home’ and remote space, and he had invaluable lessons for us. Let’s give it to Nimrod.
Thank you for honoring our invitation. Do you think remote working will become the norm this decade?
Remote working is already a trend. A recent Pew Research study showed that people preferred to work from home at least three days in a week and work from the office the remaining two days. So, will the trend become popular across all industries? Yes.
People are embracing the idea of remote working and companies are shifting their product-value and innovative efforts to accommodate stay-at-home employees and entrepreneurs.
What are the three must-haves in your home office, and why?
The space: I am particular about my space—whether in the home or in my actual office. When I work from home, I love a space that looks over a nature. Imagine working on your balcony—and the balcony sits across a beach—or a sea view. It’s beautiful. If I cannot achieve a natural aesthetic space, I use wall papers.
The furniture: I have seen many people bother about everything when creating their space—and then they are lackadaisical about their furniture. It’s not just about the aesthetics. You must consider comfort and health when choosing a home-office furniture. Choose one that will help you sit upright. If your space is large enough, you can create another furniture piece where you get to stand and work.
The design: I always have amazing design ideas, but I am not a home decorator. Most times, I hire a home decorator to get the ideas from my mind into my space.
What is the most important factor for a home office?
Privacy. When you have a home office, it’s easy to think, I am at home. Time flies, and before you get to do any meaningful work, it’s evening—and then it is night. I love my home office to be secluded from any other person. Seclusion sends a message to everyone that I am busy, so, everyone is mindful of not getting me distracted.
Do you prefer a home office to a real office space?
I love my home office, and because of the nature of my business, it’s more fun. But I cannot work from home every day, all day long—it gets boring.
I am a private person, so I don’t like taking meetings in my home. I spend most of my weekdays at home and weekends in the office. There isn’t a preference for me; I love both types of spaces.
Can you list the five things we should factor in when creating a home office?
- Sufficient space
- Lack of distractions
Once those factors are achieved, you will be more productive working from home.