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6 Tips for Creating a Home Office and Video Studio

IMG_5319Orginally published Jan. 15, 2015
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By Jannet Walsh, Contributor

Here are some ways to get started creating a home office and video studio

1. Plan and organize
What do you need in your space?  Can your workspace be broken up into sections around the house? Start asking yourself how you can work with your current living situation in a creative way.

  • Create a list of what needs to be done to accomplish the goal of creating your office and studio. Think about what needs to be moved, items needed to be donated to charity, sold or traded.
  • If you need to hire someone to move large pieces of furniture or enlist the help of family and friends, add this to your list. 
  • If repairs or painting needs to done, start by getting estimates for hiring or visit the local hardware store and do the project yourself.
  • Figure out how much time you estimate it will take to accomplish this project and how much money you can budget to get it done.
  • Start thinking about your desk or table you’ll need to have your computer, printer and other gear. Use items you already have to reduce costs or buy used tables or desks at thrift stores.

2.  Pick a location
Figuring out the location at home for your work can be overwhelming when you live in a small house, apartment or maybe just a room.  My best advice is to adjust to the space you have and make the best of it.

Areas you might consider for your work include the following:  Bedroom, kitchen, hallway, closet, garage, attic, basement, old shed, or barn.  Maybe a relative will let you use an unused room or even their attic or basement to help you get started.

Think outside the box to create a space that you will be comfortable working in.  Making your largest bedroom your office, like I did, might be a solution. Using an area that’s not being used, like a formal dining room or other space, could offer a solution.  It could be just a table in the living room or kitchen.

Having a room where you can close the door or somehow indicate that you are working may help you get focused on your goals and not worry about all the dirty laundry or other household duties.  If having a space for a cot, crib or play area for a small child must be in your line of sight — or a bed for the family pet — fit this into your work space too.

3.  Get your furniture, office gear and supplies
Tables and chair you already have, or used items from second hand stores, are great selections to help keep costs down.  Sturdy wooden lawn furniture that can be folded or other folding tables that will hold the weight capacity of your computer and other items make a great choice too.

  • I use a 28-inch folding wooden patio table. It’s now in my kitchen being used as a kitchen table as my kitchen table is being used as a sewing table, the sturdiest table I own! Here are a few other furniture elements I use in my home office:
    Bed risers for $24.99 at Target. Use these under a table if you need a work table that allows you stand and work without hurting your back, similar to a kitchen counter height.
  • 6 foot folding table for $39.98 at HomeDepot.com.  I have it currently stored in my office closet. Another option which I didn’t buy would be this 4-foot utility tabel also atHomeDepot.com. Shop around to see what table will work for you before buying one. 

4.  Create a client and meeting space
Consider using your home office, kitchen, living room, or other locations at your home.   If you don’t want people at your home, simply meet with clients at a public place, such as a coffee shop or restaurant.  If your clients have an established business, meet them at their office, but always be safe.

5.   Set up your video and media area
You will need an area in your home to take photos and videos to promote yourself, your career and your business.  Videos help develop your credibility and show case your skills and talents, no matter what your speciality of work happens to be.

You might think you don’t need a dedicated location for shooting video or photos, but you might want to think again.  If you have the opportunity to create great videos for promoting your business, you’ll be a step ahead of your competition. Videos will add credibility to your business.

Locations for shooting video to consider for your promotional videos:

  • Workspace area, such as your desk with a computer or with items you create.  If you are a fine artist, it would make sense to be with your work.
  • Dedicated space with a white or black color wall that’s painted.  A professional background cloth or paper is also something to consider, or even large flat bed sheets, but make sure you iron before using.  Keeping the background simple helps to focus on you and your message, not your background. 

Lighting gear for videos and photos:
There are many solutions for lighting videos and photos for promoting your business.  I love LEDs from Promaster. I bought a discontinued model called the Promaster VL 306 kit, with two lights, stands, soft box and more, for $249.77, plus tax (normally $399.99.)

Do It Yourself lighting gear:
If you have a small budget, then consider building your own lighting kit from the local hardware store for about $100 or so.  Check out this great tutorial called Down and Dirty lighting Kit by Wistia.com.

Here are several tutorials I’ve done about shooting videos with an iPhone or a small camera:
Shoot with iPhone 
Small camera and video tips 
More details in my course, Video Promo Essentials – Shoot, edit and share video online

6.   Most important tip — Be flexible in a flexible space!
Make your work area a space that can be converted back to its original purpose; ready to move to a more permanent location or a dedicated room in your home.
You don’t have to figure your work space out completely at first, but see what your needs are as you expand, or even reduce.  A desk or table in the kitchen, bedroom, living room or any location at home, is just one step closer to reaching your goals.

The takeway
Make an action plan with a list of what needs to be done to create your work area.  Check each item off to show yourself you have made progress and are on your way to success.Don’t become overwhelmed about future needs.  If the kitchen table works to get the job done now, then use it!Most importantly, be as flexible as possible as you look for your location at home.  Remember, many great ideas and companies started in a garage, like Apple and others.

About the author: Jannet Walsh loves cutting-edge innovation and using new technology to engage people’s attention in today’s social media world. Her videos have aired on CNN, CNN iReport, HLN, and elsewhere. With a background as a New York Times Company staff photographer, you can find her latest multimedia work at JannetWalsh.com. She’s also a Certified Life and Career Coach with training by Jay Block.

How my wreath is animated this year. . .

Dec. 11, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

These videos were created with the iPhone App called Viddy.
Green Look

Retro Look

Oh, by the way, I did I say I am looking for a job? My professional profile is available on Linkedin.

Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
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Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo

Dec. 6, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
See the latest video posted on CNN iReport, complete with writiten story on my adventures of finding my Irish Roots. Click here to view video at CNN iReport.

Home to Knockanarroor – Pillowcase Photo
Missing photo gives hints to Irish history

I returned home to Knockanarroor, Ireland for the first time, but I have never been there before.

In April 2011, I traveled to Ireland, precisely where my Great-Great-Grandmother Ellen Brennan Foley, born May 15, 1820 in Killarney, Ireland, and died in Stillwater, Minnesota, lived in Knockanarroor Townland, pronounced “Knock-on-a-roar” in Irish Gaelic, meaning the hill of corn in English.

On a cold January 2011 day, a photograph, along with a hand-written card with hints of Ellen’s life, including her husband’s name, William Foley, were found tucked away in a pillow of treasures of my late grandmother Mary Jannet “Jennie” Foley Walsh, 1886 to 1985, of Murdock.

The unmarked country road my Irish roots were plucked from in the early 1840s, is located just east of the city of Killarney in County Kerry, in western Ireland. A milk lorry driver, a truck driver in the United States, Patrick “Pa” Brosnan of Muckross, in the Killarney area, pumping petro in the near by village of Barraduff agreed to guide me to the hidden location that is plain site.

Ellen’s parents, James Brennan and Mary Walsh, my great-great-great grandparents, from my grandmother’s family, called the townland home, as they worked the rented land consisting of what is referred to by residents as a “poorish land” of wetlands, surrounded by bogs. The peat or turf, decayed vegetation, is cut and dried for heating and cooking fuel today, just like my family did in the 1800s or earlier, with the smoke puffing out of cottages, producing a musty smell. My family most likely served as grooms, tending to the horses exchanged on the carriage route at the end of the road of Knockanarroor, on a major route to Killarney.

I traveled to Killarney in 1980, my late father, Martin J. Walsh Jr., in the 1950s, but it was not was not until 2011, I could say without a doubt Knockanarroor is home in Ireland for my family. My father and I traveled the same paths in the horse jaunting carts of what is called the old butter roads, the 1700s turnpike, but I might be the first to make the journey home to Knockanarroor.

I used hints from www.ancestry.com to stitch together my ancestral threads. Archivist Michael Lynch of Kerry Library, Ireland, along with free online Roman Catholic records from the Diocese of Kerry, www.irishgenealogy.ie, provided information that my family belonged to the Catholic Parish of Glenflesk, with Knockanarroor as their place of residence.

Although I did not find any living relatives in Ireland during my journey, learning about the people, their faith, village life and the beautiful Irish countryside, I was able to shine light on a period of obscurity in my family’s history.

My Great-Great Grandmother Ellen departed Knockanarroor, be it voluntary or forced, due to disease, food shortage or economic reasons. I returned Ireland to answer the questions of where my family roots were prematurely pulled from the Ireland.

See related video from Home to Knockanarroor Project

Home to Knockanarroor – An Introduction

More videos will be posted in December.

Jannet Walsh – I am looking for employment opportunites in the Willmar, Minnesota area. Please take a look at my professional profile.
Contact: Jannet Walsh at jannetwalsh@gmail.com

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All Aboard! Old Mission Santa Barbara Part Two video posted

Minnesota Native Daughter
Nov. 13, 2011
By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

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Note: My travel is complete, and I am back home safe in Minnesota.
Jannet Walsh

Follow blogger Jannet Walsh on her Amtrak train trip on the famous Empire Builder from St. Cloud, Minnesota to Portland, Oregon, and the Coast Starlight, from Portland, Oregon, to Santa Barbara, California, and back home to Minnesota.

Learning about blogging on the train, recording video with Skype on board, creating iPhone videos, while enjoying America’s landscape from coach seating and the sleeping car.

Follow the series at http://mnnativedaughter.areavoices.com/category/amtrak/.

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All aboard! Blogger Jannet Walsh

Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jannetwalsh.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.

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