In light of current events, we’ve felt the need to reach out and give some useful advice for designing remotely.
Offices are closing and social distancing is preventing us from many of the usual methods of conducting business. With a primary focus on safety and in keeping with the guidelines set by trusted and reputable health resources, we can still do our best to maintain an energetic and effective design business. We'll start off with some healthy tips for adjusting to working from home and move on to some detailed solutions for practical remote design.
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Create a Designated Work-Space
It is very important that you have an area in your home dedicated to the same functions as your office. Whether you have an entire room or the kitchen counter, keep your work area focused and effective. Your ideal home office will be organized and separated from distractions. If space is an issue, consistency at the very least is critical. Don’t bounce around day-by-day. Generate as close a replica as possible to the act of stepping into your office at work.
Give yourself the necessary equipment to allow both capability and comfort in your new home office. Your home computer may not have your saved files, apps, or other features accessible to you at work. Bring as much as practicable from your office building. If you can’t bring home your work computer, move everything you'll need to access to the cloud. Get yourself a good chair, as well. The stool at your breakfast bar or your living room couch will not do your back any favors. Bring in an ergonomic office chair or use the next best thing at home.
Healthy Work-From-Home Habits
Communication Is Key
Effectively Managing Projects from Home
Work online to generate leads and engage new clientele. With so much of the population working from home, many people may find themselves looking around their homes, noticing all the different ways they could update and improve their surroundings. Get online and create some fantastic mood boards to inspire and intrigue new customers.
For projects underway in client's homes or at jobsites, make certain that you are maintaining all health recommendations. The well-being of your clients, employees, contracted workers, yourself and anyone you interact with at home must always come first.
Projects in developmental stages will require your attention to make sure the client has no doubts about the future. This is where communication is so important. Use every tool at your disposal to help give your clients something solid and impressive. Send some stunning renders and 360 panoramas to show them a true vision of their new home. Give them something to look forward to.
Take advantage of technology. Show your clients how to use apps like MagicPlan to scan rooms for measurements and help create floor plans. Genius Scan is a great tool for exchanging documents from your phone, while apps like Docusign allow you to close deals from a distance.
Harness the Opportunity to Enhance Your Online Presence and Reach Out to Your Global Community
Now is the perfect time to get caught up on your self-promotion and make connections. Get online, expand your social media presence. If there are any platforms you are not yet using, get started now. Fill your pages with fresh and vivid content to keep your audience informed with optimistic projections on where your work is going. All of the ideas, inspirations, brainstorms and projects that you’ve kept on the back-burner are available for you now to show that you are looking forward creatively and proactively.
Get connected with your peers, become a more active and present part of what makes up your world. Break down boundaries and have a look at all the wonderful work that we are doing as a whole - not just as colleagues or competitors, but an artistic community that both brings you inspiration and also stands to benefit from your own contributions.
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