Where your rural homestead office is located is the most important decision.
It should be close to one or more windows because natural light is like working off grid, and it saves money.
In addition to having a view of the rural homestead barnyard, a window location provides fresh air year round.
Also, there is something refreshing and stimulating about the smell of pine trees and sweet blooms for creative thoughts.
My rural homestead office faces north so there is no direct sunlight—keeping the room cooler.
However, a north facing room may appear and feel darker, so extra lighting is necessary such as desk lamps, overhead light fixture, etc.
Ideally, a desk by the window is a quiet space, but not so much if the chickens, other barnyard animals, and children are nearby.
Unlike my serene office space, kids, pets, spouses … must be taken into consideration.
Nevertheless, rural homesteaders have to work under many different circumstances, but office comfort should not be one of them.
My decision was to put my rural homestead office in the “den” because it is the most practical place for it.
It is the best choice because the walls are covered with golden pine paneling, and it is between the kitchen and bathroom.
Otherwise, my choices were a small bedroom, living room, kitchen or sun porch, which were not suitable because I would not get much work done.
For the first few years, my rural homestead office was a mobile, black steel computer stand in a small bedroom by the window.
At first, the bedroom office was functional, but it felt like I was in a box, and I wasn’t comfortable.
The bedroom was not the perfect location for my homestead office, even though it has three windows, but they’re sunny and hot.
Another downside is a bed, which naturally made me feel like lying down instead of working.
The desk is the focal point of the rural homestead office.
Therefore, it should have space for computer equipment, office supplies, family photos and inspiring objects of art.
My desk is a large folding table with plenty of room underneath to store reference books, electronics, footstool, etc.
I already had the table from my estate sale business, so I didn’t have to invest any money for a new desk.
That move probably saved $500+.
I love French country style so I draped my desk with rich, embroidered silk panels, found at a thrift store.
There is a large wall cabinet behind the desk, which has plenty of storage for additional books, TV, etc.
I placed two Arabian camel stools on the left and right sides of the desk for wire desk trays and holding fresh ideas and my golf shoes.
I enjoy sitting at this large, beautiful desk when I blog.
If I decide to podcast, then I can attach a microphone to the desk.
A large desk gives me more flexibility and it didn’t cost me a dime.
I recommend an executive chair that I bought on Amazon with faux leather, that swivels, rocks, tilts, and adjusts height.
This is a fun chair, but more importantly, it can reduce the chance of lower back pain and a hunched posture.
The mistake that most people, who work at home, do is use a dining table chair.
Yet, after sitting in a wooden or metal chair for a long time, your butt and back start to hurt.
There is a good reason why executives love this type of chair.
They spend countless hours in it so it must be comfortable.
The chair is more important than the desk because it helps you to keep good posture while you blog, keep homesteading books, design projects, etc.
Also, if you are blogging with a disability, it is important to have a comfortable executive chair.
You do not need the fastest computer, but you do need a good laptop that can help you make money for your rural homestead.
When I started blogging, I was frequently upgrading to new PCs because they become obsolete after two years.
And, this was before WordPress, which we now know has simplified blogging even with a slow computer.
Today, I use two laptops (Compaq and Toshiba) that work just fine.
If you have to use Microsoft Office Suite, Chrome or other large programs, then you may need more disk space.
Also, if you like to be mobile, then you are better off using a laptop.
As a rural homesteader, I do most of my work from my rural homestead office.
When it is time to upgrade again, I choose to buy another affordable laptop.
Laptop computers are cheaper and faster than desktops.
When you get your next computer, choose a laptop with the best processor and most RAM, which makes a computer run fast.
By using a bigger TV monitor with your laptop, you can increase the resolution.
Having a wider screen is great for multi-taskers because a TV monitor gives you more space to have multiple windows open.
I currently use a 36-inch Visio flat screen TV for my monitor that I connect with a VGA cable.
The 36-inch TV monitor does double duty, and more importantly, all the words are easy to read.
Remember, the bigger the monitor, the bigger the desk needs to be.
I want my office to have a French country theme to motivate me to do my best work in a make-do environment.
It didn’t take me long to design my art inspired rural homestead office that’s comfortable, functional and beautiful.
Let these ideas inspire you to create a home office that reflects you or anything you want to be.
Author’s Info: Tonza Borden is a 20-year finance and digital marketing expert with a passion for coaching and training. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities and the working poor. Visit her website at RuralMoney.com for exclusive community resources and strategies for your financial future. Google+
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