Working from home? Tips for keeping your home office quiet

Many people are embracing the concept of ‘work from home’ today and shunning the office for a more flexible life. The biggest growth in the trend has been among women, with 35% more working from home in 2015 than in 2005, as reported in The Mirror.

“The structure of our economy and consequently our workplaces have changed significantly,” said Phil Flaxton, Director of WorkWiseUK that organises National Work from Home Day.

He further added that: “Cultural, economic and social changes are affecting attitudes to how we balance or mix work and lifestyle, where increasing mobility and technology is shifting the acceptance or need for traditional office based, 9-5 work patterns, to be replaced by more home-based, flexible ways and periods of work.”

Arise provides an ideal chance for you to change the way you work and start working from the comfort of your own home. If you prefer not to own your own business, you can join an existing business within the Arise Network of Independent Businesses as a Client Support Professional and still enjoy the benefits of a flexible life.

In order to do this you will need to create an organised, peaceful work space.

Creating a quiet home office space when working from home

Whilst the reasons are aplenty to opt to ‘work from home,’ many people still find it difficult to create a comfortable home office space, especially a quiet space for working.

A quiet place is essential when you’re working from home, because it will improve your working atmosphere and increase your overall efficiency. So, the question is, how do you design a home office that is both pleasant and interesting?

Sometimes external sounds, such as the drone of machines or the voices of loud neighbours, can be quite distracting. These background noises will also distract your clients when you are on a call, so it is important to block them out. But how?

Here are some ideas to sound proof your home office:

  • Choose a room where you can close the door and tell your family that you don’t want to be disturbed during your working hours.
  • If you’ve ordered food or anything else online, stick a note on your door asking delivery people not to ring the bell. Also, leave a message telling them where they need to drop your delivery.
  • Turn the ringer off on your mobile and ensure you are away from your landline, especially when you are attending client calls.
  • If your house is situated on the main road, then you will surely be disturbed by traffic noise. Try using thicker curtains or run a quiet fan in the background when you are working.

Other options are:

  • Soundproofing during planning and construction – if you are in the process of building your home, then plan your home office in the quietest location of the house. You can also consult the contractor and have your home office built with soundproofing materials.
  • Weather stripping – Noise travels through thin materials and gaps in construction; hence ensure that your home office is as insulated as possible. Install weather stripping along the window and door edges that will prevent air and noise from travelling indoors when they are closed.
  • Caulking –You may find cracks and openings on the walls and floor; fill these up with caulking. In addition to weather protection, they will also act as noise inhibitors.
  • Additional layers – use fibrous and porous materials for home office soundproofing. They absorb sound waves instead of allowing sound to travel through.