Working From Home (or Setting up a Home Office for Volunteering)

Some of us never plan to stop working, although it's great to have the option to work (paid or volunteer) from home when you've made a later-in-life career change. If you want to set up a home office that will suit you for years, consider some design tips:

1. Even if you are on a tight budget, pay attention to your chair. You won't enjoy your new office if your lower back is out of alignment or your neck is not supporting your head directly over your spine.

Get a quality chair that can be adjusted.

You may also want arms on the chair so you can stand up and sit down with support.

Nowadays, many retailers sell chairs that adjust in four or more places, such as this office chair from Home Depot.

2. Avoid area rugs, which can create a tripping hazard.

If you are concerned that your floor may be cold part of the year, you can use a mat under the chair, such as this one, which is large enough to allow you to move your chair room round.

3. And by all means, go with whatever style suits you. Obviously, a major benefit of having a home office is that you don't have to go through any organization's procurement process when setting it up.

While it might not go with my home decor, I do think that one of the options for this Draper Office Chair, Udder Madness, is fun. And when you get to choose what you do professionally or as a volunteer, by all means have fun!

4. Consider a standing desk.

Having the option to spend part of your day standing can be great for your leg muscles and back, and it even burns more calories than sitting.

This standing desk has a pneumatic lever that allows you to easily adjust the height with minimal effort.