In many ways, being a mompreneur is great. It means that you can organize your schedule so that you get to see the kids more and you get to work your way, doing something you love and investing in your future, rather than working for a paycheck, making someone else richer.
However, it isn’t all roses, and if you work from home, you might find it difficult to concentrate on your work when the kids are running riot, the baby is being fussy, and the dog is trying to eat your paperwork. If that sounds familiar, it might be time for you to build your own garden office. Here are some tips to help you do just that:
Find/Draw Up Plans
Before you do anything else, you will need to measure your garden and work out how much space you’re willing to give up for your office. Then, you’ll need to either find plans for a garden office/house online, commission a professional to draw them up for you or design them yourself.
Your best option is probably to find some open source plans online, of which they’re surprisingly many because they are free and in most cases, they’ve been tried and tested several times.
If your garden space isn’t perfectly flat, the first thing you will need to do is bring in some earth-moving equipment to excavate and level out the place where you plan to put your new office space.
Lay the Foundations
Now, it’s time to lay the foundations for your garden office, which will mean pouring concrete into your newly excavated and leveled patch of garden. You can, if you wish to do this yourself, hiring a cement mixer for the day, but if you aren’t a confident DIYer, hiring a professional could be wise.
Build Your Structure
Once your foundation is set, it’s time to start building. Again, you can either do this yourself or pay a professional to craft your new structure for you. If you want it to be erected quickly, hiring a pro is a good idea because they could have it up in as little as 24 hours depending on the design.
Hire an Electrician
Once that’s sorted, call in an electrician to wire you up to the grid, and call your ISP provider to discuss getting a connection to your garden office if the Wifi doesn’t reach that far. You can’t, after all, run a business without these basic amenities.
Now for the part, you’ll really love—decorating your brand new office. First and foremost, you should concentrate in decorating the exterior, so that it matches the rest of your home and blends into the garden. Whites, grays and even pastel colors are all good options for inside and outside.
Inside, you’ll want to make your garden space as comfy as possible, so that you can get on with your work without any discomfort. Add carpets to the flooring, install a desk and chair that are perfect for your height and, which are ergonomically designed, to prevent back pain, and add a comfy couch or easier chair where you can take a break, or where you can entertain clients. Then, it’s just a matter of adding a few creature comforts like plants, flowers, fans and maybe even a kettle, microwave and mini fridge, so you don’t have to keep moving between the office and your home.
Photo by Martin Knize