Make Your Office Furniture Help Your Business Image
From Tips and Steps
It's already a cliche that, when it comes to business, there's nothing more important than image. However, there are but a few to master the art of effectively displaying themselves. Here are some solutions to improve your image using your office image and style.
The first impression is just like a glass of cold water in the morning: you want your business partners to find your office as sincere and straightforward as possible. Design your interior in such a way that:
Your clients find easily your office;
They don't have to walk one km on passageways until they reach you;
They find your office space natural and simple.
After they're in, they need a place to get comfortable. This comfort is an illusion, as they are not there to spend a lot of time. Therefore, pay attention to every aspect of the room, not just your client's chair/armchair: plenty of space around him, light, smart and open design. The sum of all these gives the impression of openness and this is actually almost all you need when talking about your business image.
Feel free to add smart solutions to your room: a strikingly small canvas, a 3D puzzle, two Malaysian deluxe chopsticks and so on. Choose weird objects (not too weird though) that stay in your clients mind and remind him of you.
Keep your desk clean and remove irrelevant papers. Keep only your laptop (when you're dealing with your image, notebooks are far better than desktops. They express elegance and ease where the others seem related to regular office work), one small pic with your family (a dog or something green is always a good background) and a lot of free space on the top of it.
Your desk and office shelves may come as a set, but you want to reduce this impression. A set speaks of itself, rather than pointing at you. The more complex the set, the more irrelevant your personal image will be. You need to fight with this. (This also goes for you pen and pencil set. Don't let yourself get fooled by luxury. Your identity is far more important than an expensive accessory.)
Finally, take another look. You should have more space and less furniture, a simple office and a well-defined identity.
Your chair must be just a bit more comfortable than your client's chair. Otherwise, your relations could be imbalanced.
Once you're done, don't simply stop caring about how your office looks like. A great majority of office spaces look bad because, at a certain point, people stopped caring about that.