How to Set up a Garage Office for Your New Company

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Starting a business in a garage might not seem like an ideal situation. But over the years, some of the most successful companies in the world have gotten their starts in garages.

Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Disney, and Google are just a few of the companies that were launched from garages.

If you want to try and jumpstart your company from a garage, the first order of business will be to build a garage office for yourself. You're not going to be able to get people to take you seriously if you don't put some effort into sprucing up your new garage office space.

Here are some of the steps you'll need to take to bring the space to life.

Clean Your Garage and Get Rid of Any Clutter

If you're like most people, you have all kinds of crap sitting in your garage right now. About 25% of Americans admit that their garages are too cluttered.

Go through your garage and throw out anything that you don't need anymore. Your goal should be to try and free up as much space as you can.

There are, of course, going to be some things that you might need to leave behind in your garage. If, for instance, you have tools and don't have anywhere to put them, you can leave them be.

But you should use one of the garage storage systems on the market today to keep things in your garage out of sight and out of mind. You want the space to look like an office, not like a garage, when you're working in it.

Turn Your Garage Into a More Usable Space

Once you've taken the time to clean out your garage, you can start the process of converting it into a garage office. There are a variety of things that you can do to make your garage a lot more usable for business purposes than it is right now.

For example, you can:

  • Add insulation to the walls to make the garage more comfortable at all times of the year
  • Put a fresh coat of paint up on the walls and ceiling
  • Install new flooring so that you're not conducting business right next to a bunch of oil stains
  • Hang lighting so that you can see in every part of your garage
  • Place window treatments over any windows in the space to maintain privacy

When you do these things, you'll begin to look at your garage office in a whole new light. You'll be more motivated to work hard on your business once the space starts to come together.

Purchase Office Furniture for Your Garage and Set It Up

After you've transformed what used to be your garage into your new office space, you'll almost be ready to get to work. But before you start working from your garage, you'll need to put office furniture into place.

Go out and invest in high-quality office furniture. You should make it a point to get your hands on everything from a desk and computer chair to a small sofa and a bookshelf. It'll legitimize your office in a major way.

Bring all the furniture that you buy into your garage and set it up in a way that allows you to maximize the space available to you. Make sure that you're going to be comfortable when you're sitting at your desk and doing work in your garage office.

Run TV, Phone, and Internet Cables to Your Garage

Before you decided to turn your garage into an office for your new business, you probably didn't have much of a need for TV, phone, and internet cables. There was no reason to have these things in your garage since you didn't spend much time in it.

But now that you're going to be trying to run a business operation from your garage, you'll need to have a TV, a phone, and internet access in it. Therefore, running these cables to your garage will be essential.

You might also want to have an electrician come in to provide you with some additional electrical outlets. These outlets can be used to plug in your computer, your printer, your TV, and any other office equipment you might have.

Install New Locks on Your Garage

When you first launch your business, it isn't going to be worth much, if anything. It's why you might not be too concerned about the security of your garage office.

But you're going to have quite a few things in your office space that are worth a lot of money. From the computer that you work on to the furniture that you have set up, you don't want anyone to break into your garage and steal anything.

Prevent people from gaining access to your garage by installing new heavy-duty locks on all of the exterior doors leading into your garage. You might also want to consider removing your garage door and putting up a wall in its place to close your new office space off.

Whatever you do, don't get too lax when it comes to the security of your garage. Your business might not stick around very long if you're the victim of a burglary during your first few months.

Get Your Business Off the Ground From Your Garage Office

Ideally, you're not going to be spending a significant amount of time working in your garage office. You're only going to need it until you're able to get your business moving in the right direction.

That means that you shouldn't take out a second mortgage to convert your garage. The last thing you want to do is put your new company into debt during the garage conversion process.

But you should work hard to make your garage office a place that you're proud of. You're going to be logging a lot of long hours working in it, so try to turn it into a space that you enjoy spending time in.

Read our blog for more helpful tips on starting a new business from the ground up.

 

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