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Four Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Work From Home Setup

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Working outside at home is getting more popular, and having a special work area on the porch, deck or patio can help you maintain your workload without sacrificing quality. Many at-home workers find their deck, porch, or patios are excellent work areas when the weather cooperates. With the right retractable cover or retractable awning and other useful modifications, you can work any time you like outdoors and you won’t be constrained by the weather or the time of day. Here are some tips that can help you identify the right modifications or enhancements you may need to create the perfect outdoor work from home setup that will keep you and your employer or clients happy.

Tip #1 – You Work Area Should Be Weatherproof

Protection from the weather is essential when working outdoors. The most important reason is to protect sensitive equipment that you may depend upon. Other reasons include protecting furniture, paperwork, and office supplies.

To prevent constant interruptions, your work area should include a roof and some kind of protection along the sides to block the wind and prevent intrusion from pests. A retractable awning or retractable roof can be extended and retracted whenever you like and can provide many useful benefits.

Tip #2 – Power And Connectivity

If you work from home online and like to be outdoors, your setup needs to include reliable outside connectivity and power, so make sure you have these vital resources covered.

Many successful at-home workers create a backup plan in case of a power failure, an internet outage, or an equipment failure. You may want to purchase an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), a WIFI extender, a generator or consider other forms of backup.

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Tip #3 – Privacy And Sound Deadening

Even if you live alone, you may feel privacy is lacking when you’re outside trying to work. The feeling may be especially strong if neighbors live nearby. If you don’t have an enclosed space outdoors for your work from home setup, you can try setting up curtains or placing objects (a folded ping-pong table, for example) around your work area. Other aids include vertical and horizontal privacy screens and large or tall plants.

Using retractable privacy screens and surrounding yourself with plants and greenery can help to deaden sound too. This may be important if you talk on the phone to help guard confidential and private information from being overheard and to avoid annoying your neighbors. For improved sound deadening, you can use special textiles and fabrics for overhead protection and wall and floor coverings. Selecting furniture with soft upholstery will also help reduce sound in your outdoor work from home setup.

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Tip #4 - Security And Safety

Any outdoor workplace should include some kind of security system for yourself and your possessions. If you don’t feel secure, you may have a hard time concentrating on work. If your work area is not secure, someone may steal your equipment or your work when you are not there. You may even be subjected to work-related espionage if your job requires you to work with sensitive material, or includes information like address lists, credit card numbers, and other pieces of personal identification.

Your security system will protect your outdoor work from home setup whether you are there or not. Start with locks on the doors and windows, and then consider adding motion detection alarms or surveillance cameras. These items are relatively inexpensive and can increase your safety and protect your possessions.

Welcoming The Outdoors

Many people find it healthy and relaxing to work at least part of their day with the sky overhead and away from artificial light, sounds, and other people. You can do almost any kind of work remotely and outdoors with the right work from home setup.

If working outside sounds attractive to you, contact RetractableAwnings.com today. We can show you a variety of cost-effective retractable cover solutions for your outdoor office. Our experts have installed retractable patio covers, awnings, roofs, and deck covers for more than 38 years, and we have many affordable solutions ready to install. Contact us here today.

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Eric M. Scop

Eric M. Scop is considered a RETRACTABLE awning industry expert hired by architects, landscape architects, exterior/interior designers, contractors and builders worldwide on a consulting basis

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