Essentials for a Freelancer’s Workspace

As freelance writers, we tend to spend a lot of time sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen. We need to ensure this space is not only conducive to productive working but is also as healthy and enjoyable as possible. Here are some tips on setting up your freelance space to do both.

  1. Desk Space

Deciding where to set up our workspace requires thought into how we work, what distracts us and if it can be ‘isolated’ to ensure we are productive. The dining room table is not going to be a viable option. Look at your home and define a space that will give you privacy, no (or few) distractions and can be ‘packed away’ or closed when you are not working. Think of it as an ‘office’ rather than a part of your home.

2. Standing Desk or An Ergonomic Chair or Height Adjustable Stand

We all know sitting for long periods of time is bad for us so look into healthier options that will help. Standing benefits include lowering of weight gain, blood sugar levels, heart disease and back pain. It also lifts mood and energy levels and boosts productivity. A good chair aids posture, reduces neck and back pain, relieves hip pressure and improves circulation.

3. Desk

A good desk is an essential, it is the hub of your freelance business. Decide on one that gives you enough room for all the elements of your working life. Ensure it is the right height for you to work comfortably and everything is within reach. Storage is key to being organized so invest in one that has drawers and/or a hutch.  

Items that will aid your hub organization are:

  • Notepad/Planner/Diary – keeping track of deadlines, appointments, notes etc. ensures we are efficient.
  • Ergonomic Wireless Mouse – another healthy option to prevent carpal tunnel or muscle strain.
  • Hard Drive for Storage – always backup your work. You can have one large drive or different ones for each client.
  • A Good Pen – we are writers and we all know the value of this one!
  • Paper Shredder – client and personal confidentiality is a must. Discard extraneous paperwork once a project is complete.
  • A good desk light.
  • Desk Organizer – there is a plethora of options for this from the most basic to all singing all dancing ones. Choose one that will service your needs in practical terms but is aesthetically pleasing as well.
  • Wireless Phone Charger – it is not essential if you are working in a home office, but it does minimize the amount of cables and wires.

4. Extra Monitors

An extra monitor allows you to manage your work more effectively and get more done instead of opening and closing screens on one. Having a side by side option allows quicker reference and comparisons. I use a screen and my laptop on my desk.

5. Informative Books & Literature

There are many books in regard to freelancing out there, but you may also need to reference specific topics for client’s, or you have notes or information that is required for your task.

Some extras:

  • USB Cup Warmer

I have one of these and it has made a real difference. No longer do I take a sip of cold tea!

  • Sound Spa

These units deliver white noise, which may be of some use to a few of us. We all have our preferences, some like absolute silence, others music – it is up to personal taste and what aids us in producing our work.

What do you determine as essential for your freelance business hub?