If you're not satisfied with your life, there is still time to change. Recently Kulwant described his own change, leaving his full-time job to become a professional blogger. This is no small feat. Blogging is a competitive industry with many talented people. To earn a living that way requires a rigorous work ethic and unwavering dedication.
I can relate to Kulwant, because six years ago I took the same step. Since then I've earned a living through various blogs. I'm not sure if any fellow professional bloggers agree, but I find one advantage of pro blogging greater than all the rest:
Working from home
Previously my commute took between an hour to 90 minutes of my day. Now it involves me getting up and walking to my study. The work-from-home life might not be for everyone, but for some it's the greatest feeling on earth.
If you're thinking about making the same leap that Kulwant and I have, you have a lot to look forward to. The one piece of advice I offer to anyone moving to a work-from-home situation, professional bloggers or otherwise, is to construct your perfect home office. The environment you create with your office will go a long way in fueling your work.
There is perhaps no more important element to a home office than a desk. It is, after all, where all the work happens. The right desk will enable you to get everything you need done. An inadequate desk will make it difficult to accomplish everything in a timely manner. (I speak as someone who once worked without a desk, laying his laptop on his lap. It's not a good look.)
To ensure that you get the perfect desk, I always suggest building your own. It's surprisingly easy, even for those who have only rudimentary carpentry skills. You'll need:
- Find good instructions. The linked page has many options, but you can Google around for desks that you particularly like.
- An adequate supply of wood and other materials, as described by your instructions.
- Power tools, which, if you're not technically inclined, you're probably better off renting or borrowing than buying.
- Screws, nuts, bolts, and other fastening materials, as per your instructions.
From there it's a matter of following instructions and understanding the basic physics of how these structures work. Again, it will take considerably more effort to plan and build your ideal desk, but once you do you'll have the perfect workstation.
Here's the thing about traditional offices: they are almost always bland and boring. You can decorate with a few framed pictures of your family, maybe, but chances are you can't make the space really your own. If you work in a cubicle, forget about it. No amount of pin-up artwork can mask the oppressive gray walls.
At home you can do whatever you'd like. You could paint your walls neon green if that's what floats your boat. Here are some ideas for getting the decor in order:
- Paint. While you can go with any color you desire, a simple neutral color will allow you to do more with the rest of the room.
- Bookshelves. They look great, and they hold far more than just books. You can really bring together a room with just a couple of bookshelves.
- Novelty items. Dig the lava lamp? You can add one of those. Want to mount a deer's head over your computer? Go for it. When you're at home, it's all on the table.
Storage and Filing
If you build your own desk, you might not want to build drawers into it. Not that drawers aren't useful — they're insanely useful. But they're difficult to build. Still, you'll need places to store office supplies and other knickknacks. If you neglect to do this, your office will soon turn into a disaster area.
For me, the best solution has been stack-able plastic drawers. You can get them in multiple sizes, and oftentimes you can stack different sizes on top of each other. They can hold plenty, and they're easy to move. You can put them under or next to your desk, so you'll be able to control how much space they take up.
You might also want to consider a filing cabinet. While working at home means working on the internet, we still generate plenty of physical documents. Keeping them stored in something like a filing cabinet — or a filing crate for the minimalist — will help you keep everything in order for when you need it.
When you work from home, your workspace is truly your own. You can build it any way you want, so why not go for the full custom look? Skip the maze at Ikea and build your own space, exactly how you want it. That way getting up in the morning and going to work will be that much easier.