Setting Up Your Home
Based Business Office
If you are going to own and operate a home based
business, having your own office is an important part of your success. Although
you could work at your kitchen table, this should be a last resort, as having
your own space will enable you to separate your home from your
It is important that you have space that is conducive
to work. Setting up your home office in your living room isn't conducive
to getting work done. You will also find that finding time to relax or time
for your family is impossible if you are surrounded by your work, and time
for work will be impossible if you are surrounded by your family and
distractions, such as the television.
So, what does your home office need? Let's take a look.
Office Desk and Chair
You will spend a lot of time sitting in that chair, and
working at that desk. The more spacious and comfortable it is, the better
off you are. You may be forced to start with a small desk and a cheap chair
in the beginning, but you should upgrade as quickly as possible. The chair
is especially important, in terms of comfort.
There are numerous options when it comes to a desk, but your desk should
have room for your keyboard, a place for your printer, storage space for
disks, room for your monitor, and of course space to write and such.
The computer that you've used to surf the web and send
and receive email probably isn't powerful enough to run a business. You need
a powerful computer, but you also need a computer that is suitable for upgrades
in the future, as technology changes. Purchase your computer from a well-known
company, and be sure to purchase the extended warranty.
This equipment includes a printer, a scanner, a digital
camera, and a fax machine. You may not actually need all of these things
for your business, but you should consider your options carefully, and when
you're ready to purchase, ensure that the products are high quality, so that
they last for a long time.
When it comes to printers, you essentially have two choices - a laser printer
or an ink jet printer. If you will be doing a lot of professional printing,
you may want to purchase a laser printer. However, if you want a printer
for everyday use, such as printing documents and pictures, an ink jet will
do nicely. Either way, make sure that you can print in black and white as
well as in color.
Also consider the fact that there are all-in-one systems that enable you
to print, fax, copy, and scan, and for many business owners, this is the
most logical and cost effective choice. You will be amazed at how much a
scanner comes in handy. It will enable you to scan documents and photographs.
With a fax machine, you will be able to send and receive faxes, and in today's
business world, that is vital.
A digital camera may seem optional, but in most cases,
it really isn't. Having a digital camera will enable you to take your own
photographs for use on your web site, such as a picture of you, or your products.
What's more, there is no film to buy, and no development costs, as you can
transfer your pictures from your camera to your computer quite easily.
Ideally, you will have a separate telephone line for
your business. Most people don't realize the importance of this. It isn't
a matter of professionalism; it is a matter of keeping your sanity. Your
phone line will need voicemail, and this will take care of calls that are
received during your personal hours. You also won't have to worry about the
line being tied up with personal calls.
You will definitely need a filing cabinet. Your business
may be an Internet Business, but that doesn't mean that you won't have offline
files. You should have hard copies of everything, and set aside time either
daily or weekly to neatly file things away. You should keep hard copies of
receipts, contracts, tax information, and other business records.
Finally, you will need miscellaneous supplies, such as
pens and pencils, a pencil holder, a pencil sharpener, business cards, note
pads, envelopes, stationary, address book, paper and ink for the printer,
and of course tablets for those many headaches you will experience.
Make your office space private, and make it a place that you will feel
comfortable spending a great deal of time in. While it isn't necessary to
decorate the home office, it does help to make it a warm and inviting place
to do business.
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