Creating a Killer Workspace: A Newbie Freelancer’s Key to Success

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Striking out on your own as a freelancer is exciting. It’s freeing. It’s also a little scary.

Sure, you’re away from the confines of the “boring” 9-to-5, the endless commutes, and the micro-managers, but you’re also in charge now. Only you can make or break your business!

That’s why having a solid, dedicated workspace is crucial — somewhere you can put your head down, focus, and really get your productivity on.

Do you have a designated spot for your self-employed career? 

How to Make a Freelancer-friendly Workspace at Home

  • Choose the right location – If you have a free room in your house, obviously, that can be your new home office. But, if you’re working with limited real estate, look for a nook, corner, or wall that might be a good option. Your main goal should be to make sure it’s separated from any distractions. There should also be at least some amount of natural light and outside noise. These things will keep you motivated, focused, and productive.
  • Invest in a great desk – Find a desk that works for you. Maybe it’s an old-school roll-top where you can hide all your paperwork from your kids. Or, maybe it’s one with lots of drawers and shelves. The point is to find something that’s your style and that works for you. If you’re a writer, there should be room for pen, paper, style books and other items you might need along the way. A freelancer who is an interior designer might prefer space for magazines, sketchbooks, and inspirational art.
  • Build up, not out – Try to keep your workspace compact, so that everything is easily and conveniently in reach. If you have lots of stuff, don’t go putting it on a bookshelf on the opposite side of the house. Instead, add floating shelves above your desk, so they’re easier to come by. You can even velcro things like pens, pads of paper, and other necessities to the underside of the desk or nearby walls. Get creative and keep things close!
  • Only use your workspace for work – Don’t let the lines get blurred. The second you start plopping down at your desk to take a nap or letting your daughter use it to color, it becomes free territory. Stake your claim and designate it as a work-only zone. You might even want to set “work hours” to keep your space free from visitors.

If you’re considering a refinance to help pay for those home office upgrades — or if you’re ever on the market for a new home — be sure to contact Embrace. Our Beyond mortgages are designed just for busy freelancers like yourself. Get in touch to learn more!

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Aly Yale

Aly J. Yale is a freelance writer focusing on real estate, mortgage, and the housing market. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Bankrate, The Motley Fool, Business Insider, The Balance, and more. Prior to freelancing, she served as an editor and reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She graduated from Texas Christian University's Bob Schieffer College of Communication with a major in radio-TV-film and news-editorial journalism. Connect with her at or on Twitter at @AlyJwriter.