As of 20 July, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures that will take effect from 22 July to 18 August (both dates inclusive). The measures include work from home remaining as the default. Moreover, employers are encouraged to exercise flexibility in their employees’ work arrangements. As such, we are expected to see an increase in demand for home offices.
So, how do you go about being productive while working from home? First of all, you’ll need to have the right environment in order to be efficient when working from home. Here are 11 Work From Home essentials you’ll need to create a conducive home office!
Considering that you would be working from home for the coming few weeks or maybe even months, it is important to have adequate space for you to do your work. That space will be your dedicated home office space. Rather than using a makeshift desk or even your dining table, you will realise that having a dedicated working space will improve your work productivity. You can be as creative as you want in designing your working space, as the goal is to ensure that you can be comfortable and focus on your work.
Having good lighting levels is important to creating a comfortable work space and being productive while working from home. Rather than just relying on natural lighting, which can help to brighten your home office, you should choose to have a desk lamp or overhead lights. This will help you to avoid squinting and straining your eyes when your home office is well lit. It will also increase your overall productivity when working in a bright workspace.
In a home office setting, a laptop gives you more flexibility and ease than a monitor. Moreover, many laptops are well equipped with large storage space and RAM to run multiple tasks at a time. Before purchasing a laptop, make sure you do some research on which kind of laptops best suit the nature of your work. A good laptop will be a great investment for your home office and improve your work performance.
Extra Tip: Get an ergonomic laptop stand to position your laptop, helping to reduce screen glare and allowing you to appear straighter on screen during online meetings.
It would be worth it to invest in an ergonomic computer chair for your home office. This will improve your sitting posture and protect your back. Hence, when purchasing one, the comfort and quality of a computer chair are the keys.
Extra Tip: Get one with a headrest to protect your neck and upper back.
Something you should definitely have in your home office is an office desk. What constitutes a good office desk are smooth surface, ample surface area and suitable desk height. You would need ample working space to place all your accessories and laptop. In addition, a desk with a suitable height allows you to work more comfortably and improve work performance.
Extra Tip: Place your laptop on a good quality desk mat to protect your desk from scratches or damages.
Besides aesthetics purposes, office plants help to improve productivity and workplace happiness, and also reduce stress. Much scientific research has shown the advantages of having more greenery in office. Employees working from home should certainly get small pots of greenery in their home office to enhance both mental health and workplace performance.
Extra Tip: Place a Mini Cactus in your home office because it is very simple to take care of.
While working from home, online meetings and discussions would be more frequent. Hence, having a good internet service is essential for you to stay connected to your colleagues online. Online communication would be faster and easier with better internet connectivity. With a faster download and upload speed, a stable internet connection will improve your productivity.
Blocking out background noise is essential while working from home if you’re trying to maintain a professional veneer during an online conference. Having a noise-cancelling headset would help you to concentrate and focus better. This is even more important when you’re the manager or the leader of your team. Moreover, you can hear your colleagues clearly and communicate better with a good headset. This would improve your work performance individually and as a team.
Extra Tip: When shopping for a headset, it is important to take note of the sound and microphone quality, and comfort when wearing.
The first step to declutter your home office should be having desk organisers to arrange all your accessories and stationeries. Fully optimizing the use of every space on your desk is important in giving you ample workspace. You wouldn’t like to see your desk in a mess as this could damper your mood to work. As such, having desk organisers can not only enhance the overall aesthetics, but also improve your productivity.
A multi-functions printer will allow you to scan, upload or print your documents easily. Having all these functions consolidated within a machine improves workflow and streamlines all your tasks. This helps to save both time and money, while at the same time, save office space.
Having cabinets help you in storing documents and files in minimal space, reducing office clutter. While working from home, you wouldn’t wish to see your room in a mess! File cabinets provide a good filing system, and you can easily access the documents from the cabinets. Whether you’re working at home or office, reducing clutter will help in improving productivity.
Urban Space Self Storage provides a wide range of storage sizes and flexibility in your storage durations. Moreover, we offer 24/7 free easy access to our working lounge space with free Wifi, light refreshments and air-conditioning that only our storers are allowed to use anytime.
It is never easy to starting your own business as an entrepreneur and there are definitely many things to handle on your own or even your small team. Finance, management, logistics are just one of the many things to consider. Even stocks can be a problem when you do not have your own office.
Problem with starting a new small business is you never know whether the product that you brought in will be popular. It is a risk to take to bring in many products to get ready for high tide. However, it is always better to be ready for high tide than to be overly prepared for low tide. With that many stocks being brought in, it is important to store them well and take care of them. Therefore having air-con storage is important to prevent your stocks from degrading before reaching the high tide season and selling it off.
Especially when you have many stocks to handle, it is important for you to utilize racks to help you organise it well. Organisation helps you to keep track of stocks that come in and out easily. Having a big storage space without organising may cause many issues. You might have problems entering your storage space to take out the stock. Additionally, you might lose track of your stock quantity and it will be hard for you to check. Therefore, it is important to organise it well and make sure you have space to maneuver in the storage space.
It is important to have an inventory management system that can help you track the amount of stocks that are in your storage space. You never know when certain stocks will sell out and which products are the best sellers. Therefore it is important to constantly keep track of the amount of stocks that you are bringing in monthly. By keeping track, you will also be able to fully maximise the storage space without reaching a bursting point.
Spring season is here and at Urban Space Self Storage, we are having up to 80% OFF for our selected locker sizes for the month of March! Here at Urban Space Self-Storage, we offer a variety of storage sizes at competitive prices, ranging from 9 to 100 sqft! With highly-secured CCTV surveillance and 24/7 personalized access, you can have a peace of mind when storing at Urban Space! We are located near Alexandra, Bukit Merah & Harbourfront, so feel free to check us out at 3 Depot Close, Singapore 109840 for a quick tour of our storage facility and we will make sure you will leave satisfied while storing your items with us.
How to store as a professional content creator? Being a content creator is a fun way to share your creatives in social media platforms. However to be a professional content creator, you would have to start preparing equipment and even make your own studio. If you are a content creator with a lot of equipment, here are some tips for you to organise your equipment and do a makeshift studio.
Content creation is not as easy as doing an insta-story using your iPhones. It consists of better quality videos as well as a good microphone. Even lighting and background can come into play for your videos or any other content. As such, a professional content creator usually has several cameras that they use for different reasons such as vlogging or general filming. With professional cameras, comes lighting equipment as well as the different lenses to be used for different shots. Lastly, the different background setting equipment that will make or break a quality content. As such, it is important to organise properly all items to make it easier for you to find when you need it immediately. Additionally, these equipment are very expensive, which is all the more important to keep it organised and safe for long term usage.
After properly organising, it may become a problem if you are doing this business on your own. You will find that your house will have a lack of space for storing and filming at the same time. That is why some content creators make their own studios in other places such as self storage facilities. Self storage facilities are safe and accessible with 24/7 CCTV and personalised PIN access. All you will have to do, is pack your equipment well to make sure that you can easily find it.
Some content creators like to use their homes as a makeshift studio as it is convenient for editing purposes. However it can be a problem filming with your younger siblings or even parents at home. As such, having a quiet environment would be much better for your filming setting. You will not need to worry about additional background sounds as well. If you do not like a warm environment, there is even Air-con units for you to choose from.
Content creation is a very expensive career, therefore it is important for you to create space easily without losing your equipment. If you are unsure on which self storage, don’t worry! Here at Urban Space Self-Storage, we offer a variety of storage sizes at competitive prices, ranging from 9 to 100 sqft! With highly-secured CCTV surveillance and 24/7 personalized access, you can have a peace of mind when storing at Urban Space! We are located near Alexandra, Bukit Merah & Harbourfront, so feel free to check us out at 3 Depot Close, Singapore 109840 for a quick tour of our storage facility and we will make sure you will leave satisfied while storing your items with us.
Over the last few years, the rise of e-commerce platforms and online retailers such as Shopee and Lazada has made it easier to operate an online business. However, one of the biggest challenges is having convenient storage.
For us Singaporeans, it would usually be our storeroom or even bedroom. This is not very practical since your bedroom is supposed to be for your own personal space! So here are some reasons t0 consider self storage as online retailers.
Unlike warehouses, self-storage facilities do not charge you property tax, business rates or high rental rates. Instead, you pay a monthly rate for your storage unit depending on the size you are getting. Furthermore, self storage facilities provide more storage size options than warehouses and you would not have to overpay. Overall the cost savings of a self-storage space is greater and will help to keep your cost margin low.
Due to how easy it is to rent a self-storage space, you can even do it online nowadays. As such, the only thing you need to do is think about how many items you will be storing. If you feel that you might require bigger or smaller storage spaces in the future, you can always choose to upgrade or downgrade your storage space online as well! This allows greater flexibility for online retailers to make any changes almost instantly.
What if you can’t decide whether you want to commit to e-commerce full time? Do not worry as self-storage facilities do not require you to commit long term contracts as compared to warehouses. You can always choose between 1 month to 3 months, or even up to 12 months. You can always renew your storage contracts for longer storage period as well! Hence, you do not have to worry about committing your money to an entire year of storage cost.
When deciding on a location to store your items, it is very important to know whether the storage facility is secure. Most self storage facilities are equipped with 24/7 CCTV surveillance systems and security access for storers only. The access is personalised to the storer so that they can access the storage facility anytime at their own ease. This will ensure that your stock will never be misplaced or stolen.
As Singapore tends to be quite humid, it is generally not feasible to leave your air-condition on 24/7 to ensure your stock remains in good condition over time. Which is why it is better to store your items in self storage facilities for better control. As a result, you would not have to worry about your stocks quality.
For online retailers who are interested in finding storage spaces to keep your stocks but not sure where to find one, don’t worry! Here at Urban Space Self-Storage, we offer a variety of storage sizes at competitive prices, ranging from 9 to 100 sqft! With highly-secured CCTV surveillance and 24/7 personalized access, you can have a peace of mind when storing at Urban Space! We are located near Alexandra, Bukit Merah & Harbourfront, so feel free to check us out at 3 Depot Close, Singapore 109840 for a quick tour of our storage facility and we will make sure you will leave satisfied while storing your items with us.