Author Caroline Clifton-Mogg makes a persuasive case for designating personal space for homework, business and creativity in every home. “In a moment,” she says, “you will find yourself more productive, more organized, even more creative.”
A Space of My Own: Inspirational Ideas for Home Offices, Craft Rooms and Studies takes a look at both the practical and decorative aspects of home work spaces. She offers ideas for reclaiming neglected corners to create multipurpose rooms. As well, she provides tips for choosing furniture, storage, shelving and lighting.
Although she advises not to sacrifice comfort for style and offers a specific list of dimensions for creating an ergonomic office, not all spaces pictured adhere to that mantra. A quibble, perhaps. There are serious work spaces pictured including some very attractive studios for craftspeople.
Speaking of craft, if you have been thinking about making money from your passion, check out How to start a home-based Craft Business, a recently revised title by Kenn Oberrecht and Patrice Lewis.
They will help you plan the enterprise with information about working from home, marketing, financial planning and management. Although the legal advice is American, the outline of topics will alert you to issues that should be considered.
The chapter on computer use includes taking advantage of social networking to build the business.