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29 August 2018
How many of us have dreamt of setting up our own business? No longer having to answer to a boss, setting your own timetable and, most importantly, doing something that you absolutely love. For a lot of us this is nothing more than a pipe dream, something that we talk about over a glass of wine at dinner. But for more and more people, this dream is becoming a reality.
However, one of the biggest hurdles is gathering enough capital to start your venture, and one significant cost to consider can be office rental space. To combat this, more and more fledgling business owners are turning their humble garden shed into garden offices. Saving not only money but also creating a convenient space, a stone’s throw from their home, in which they can conduct their business and give you a separation from your own home, allowing you to switch off at the end of the day without your work life slowly creeping into your home life – how easy is it to check just one email whilst eating dinner, only to realise you’ve been sat at your computer for hours?
So popular are garden offices that, according to Alex Johnson, a journalist and author, more than 80,000 workers now base their business out of their garden shed. And, if you do decide to take the plunge, you can count yourself in good company. Did you know Apple started with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak hand-building computers in their shed? As did Sir James Dyson, who designed his first ever bag-less vacuum from his shed.
So, how to start a home business?
First things first, make sure you have the right sized shed, especially if you are planning on growing your business to include more employees. Standard small sheds are 6ft x 4ft, but you may want to consider a bigger space if your garden allows it.
Electricity and Heating
Whilst it can be rather pleasant to work from your shed in the summer months, with the doors open, looking out at the garden, the winter is a different story. Ensure your shed is fully insulated, as well as fitted with electricity capabilities. Hire an electrician who can advise on the safest way to install your electricity. Once up and running, install portable heaters to keep you toasty warm in the winter. This electricity will also run your phones, computers, lights etc.
You want to be able to leave your garden office at night, safe in the knowledge that everything inside is secure. Closed-shackle padlocks provide good door protection and CCTV acts not only as a deterrent but can be used to help identify burglars if a break-in does occur.
Internet and Phone
The internet is an essential component of any business, so make sure you have one installed. The joy of a garden office is that you will generally be close enough to your own home WiFi to be able to use it, thus saving you a lot of money as there is no need to sign up with another internet package. If WiFi is a bit patchy, then a booster in your office will always help. Similarly, a phone line is a must-have. To save money, you could use your mobile as your contact number, calls can then be made and received for free over the WiFi connection.
If all this talk of garden shed businesses has piqued your interest, then pick up the phone and give us a call. Our friendly and professional team will talk you through all the garden shed options available, and help you find the right one for you and your new business. Not only that, please see our blog page for more uselful articles and guides including how to prepare your garden for spring.
Posted by Matt Jordan