Dad’s Guide to Building a Workshop

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If you are looking for your next side hustle that will allow you to make the most out of your skills and keep you busy, without leaving the kids home all day, you might be able to create a workshop at home that will give you the satisfaction and the extra income you are looking for. No matter if you are looking to start a manufacturing business or upcycle and sell furniture, you can build your man hut that will allow you to make a living in your spare time.

Safety First

If you have kids, you will know that they absolutely love touching everything they are not supposed to. That is why you have to create a safe workshop that can be childproofed. You have to lock the doors all the time, even when you are inside, busy working away. You can talk to EHV Safety about the different standards you can implement. Only a couple of seconds of not paying attention can result in disaster or accidents.

Planning Permissions

If you  are thinking about turning your garage or outbuilding into a workshop, chances are that you will need to talk to a local advisor to see if you will need a planning permission. There are certain rules that apply to businesses operating in residential areas, as well. This is why you will need to find out what restrictions you will have to face working from home, when it comes to noise or light pollution, as well as increased traffic.


You will also have to ensure that you have the right power supply installed in your home, so you can operate the machinery without causing the fuses to blow or electric fire. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so you should get an electrical assessment for your home and your new workshop, too.


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If you would like to improve your productivity and avoid disruptions, you will have to create a system that allows you to find everything you are looking for in your workshop. You can get advanced metal shelving and tool storage that will make it clear for you what is the right place for every wrench and screwdriver, so you can just pick whatever you need for your next project.

Practical Features

For a workshop to be operational, it also has to be practical. Make sure that you are able to make the most out of your space, and turn a bench into a larger area of the workspace. If you have limited space, you will need to get creative when it comes to storage and benches, too. Remote operation and safety locks will help you manage your work without having to worry about leaving power tools around.

Creating your own home workshop might result in starting a new side hustle. Plan your space according to what you want to create there, and find a way to keep curious kids out of the premises for their own safety.

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