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Setting up a Freelance Writing Office

Setting up a freelance writing office can be a lot of fun. After all, this is one of the first things that you will do when you decide to follow your dream of becoming a writer. Generally speaking, there is no right or wrong way of setting up an office. You will want your space to suit your needs, as well as those of anybody else living in your home.

Here are three tips to keep in mind when setting up your office:

1. Make sure that everything is within reach. While this is not always 100 percent possible, you will at least want the items you use the most right by your side. Personally, I do not like to leave my seat during the day if I am in a groove; this only gets me off track. For this reason, I have my most commonly used items within easy reach. This includes office supplies, references books, and my business phone.

2. Your freelance writing office should be comfortable. If you are like me, you will be spending a lot of time in your office. Not being comfortable is a sure fire way to lose concentration and decrease production. I believe that comfort starts with a quality chair, as well as a large desk. When I started my freelance writing career I was working on an old desk with little to no space for anything but my computer and printer. After upgrading to a large, “L-shaped” desk, I found it easier to stay comfortable while also keeping items within reach.

3. If possible, set up your freelance writing office in a dedicated space. In other words, try to avoid using your kitchen table (or other common area) as your space for freelance writing and related tasks. You may have to get creative to find a dedicated space. While I have a separate bedroom that I use for nothing but freelance writing, others do not have this luxury. If this sounds you, look into converting a basement nook, attic, or maybe even a closet into a freelance writing workspace. I have seen all of these options work out nicely.

Remember, your freelance writing office should be set up with your preferences in mind. As long as the space works for you, nothing else matters!

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