It is important to create dedicated work space - it allows you to work without distraction and close the door on work at the end of the day.
The area that you use for work should ideally be clearly marked as such. A spare room with a lockable door or an outbuilding are popular choices enabling home business owners to:
Allocating part of your house as a workplace can have tax and insurance implications. For more information, see the page on tax considerations of working from home in our guide on how to use your home as a workplace.
You can create a space to call your own by:
When setting up your work area:
You must carry out a health and safety risk assessment on your work space. For more information, see our guides on how to manage the risks in your business and what workplace facilities do you need to provide?
If you are making substantial changes to your home to accommodate your business you should contact your local authority regarding planning permission. For more information, see the page on building regulations and planning permission for home businesses in our guide on how to use your home as a workplace.