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This is a guest post from Cassie Boorn of Maker Mentors. Maker Mentors is a free community designed to help creative entrepreneurs build a business they love.
I have worked from home for more than five years. Working from home can give you tons of flexibility and control over how you spend your time. Working from home can also be intimidating and incredibly lonely. It is really hard to think of yourself as a professional when you are sitting at home all by yourself creating work that you hope everyone else loves as much as you do.
Staples reached out a few months ago with interest in collaborating with the Maker Mentors community. Staples is committed to making the tools and supplies business owners need accessible to everyone. I have always been a huge fan of Staples, and immediately said yes.
The easiest way to start feeling more like a professional and less like an imposter is to invest in your home office. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars to create a great workspace. Creating a happier home office can be as simple as a quick trip to Staples, and done with a budget as small as twenty-five dollars.
I came up with three totally affordable ideas for making your home office a little happier. And! Staples is going to give one lucky reader a $50 giftcard to revamp their home office space.
Host a Brainstorming Session
Hosting a brainstorming session by yourself sounds a little crazy, but it is actually a lot of fun. I host a brainstorming session once a month, and use that time to map out a plan for building my business. Schedule some time on your calendar, pick up some supplies and make your monthly brainstorm session an occasion. I recommend large drawing notepads, sharpie markers in all of the colors and a big desktop calendar.
Stock Up For the Season
Winter time gets really dreary and everyone gets sick and you never seem to have what you need on hand. It is really easy to get discouraged. (especially when you have to run out last minute because you don’t have the supplies you need.) I usually go out before the winter season starts and stock up on all of the little things that will help me get through winter. Some suggestions? Hand sanitizer, hot tea, cough drops, candles, cold medicine, vaporub and a cozy lap blanket.
Connect with Friends & Clients
There is something really special about getting something in the mail, but it’s rare that I have all of the supplies I need to actually send a letter in the mail. Pick up some pretty note cards, fancy pens and stamps. Keep them on hand and surprise your friends and clients throughout the year.
Do you have a tip for making your home office a happier place? Leave your ideas in the comments for the chance to win a $50 Staples Giftcard.
Giveaway ends Friday, October 30th at midnight (CST). Winner will be announced on this post the following Monday.
***Shannon is the winner! I will get in touch with details. Thank you to everyone who entered. I LOVED your comments. Stay creative!***
Cassie is the Visionary behind Maker Mentors as well as the Founder of Modern Thrive, an online platform designed to help you figure out what you want to do with your life. For the past 5 years she has been a writer and entrepreneur, managing online marketing programs for some of the worlds largest brands. Cassie is passionate about connecting the right people together to help them make amazing things happen.
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