The Birth of a Successful
Part two of ten -- Tools of the Trade
part of developing a successful Internet business is setting up your office
space. Whether you operate your business from an office building or out of
your home, having your own "space" is an essential part of your success.
Your office space should be used exclusively for your business and be set
up to best suit your needs.
Below, are some suggestions to assist you in setting up your office:
Desk and Chair
When selecting a desk for your office, make sure you get a desk that is
specifically designed for a computer. Computer desks provide plenty of room
for your monitor, a cabinet for your computer case, a shelf for your printer,
and a slide out shelf for your keyboard.
When selecting a chair for your desk, keep in mind, you'll be sitting in
this chair for many hours. Make sure it is very comfortable and that you
try it out before you buy it.
Take your time and select a desk and chair that you'll be very comfortable
with. If you don't, you may find that you're straining yourself in one form
or another (back, neck, arms, etc.), which will result in poor work
If you haven't purchased a computer, make sure you purchase one that will
grow with you. If you don't, you'll find that you'll either have to upgrade
your system or purchase another one a few years down the road.
In addition, make sure you purchase your computer from a reputable company
that will provide you with quality customer support.
When selecting a printer, you will basically have two options -- laser or
ink jet. You should select a printer depending on your needs. If you'll be
doing a large amount of printing and speed and high quality are important,
your best option will be a laser printer. Laser printers produce better quality
black text than most ink jet printers, and are much faster. However, an ink
jet will enable you to print in color, which is a big advantage.
Another important consideration is the printer's resolution. The resolution
determines the print quality, and refers to the number of dots per inch on
a page -- the higher, the better. Most printers today support a 600 x 600
dpi resolution that will produce a good quality for most print jobs. Keep
in mind, although a printer may support as high as a 1200 x 1200 dpi (dots
per inch), you most likely won't notice any quality difference, when compared
with a 600 x 600 dpi, with most print jobs.
A scanner will enable you to scan photographs and documents into your computer.
For example, if you'd like to place a photograph of yourself or your products
on your website, a scanner will make it possible.
With today's advanced technology, you can use your computer to send and receive
faxes. All you'll need is a telephone line, fax modem and software.
A digital camera will enable you to take pictures of your products, or whatever
you'd like, and transfer them into your computer. They provide a great way
to create your own images for your website or product development.
A business line will enable your customers to contact you. Even if you're
using your telephone line to connect to the Internet, most phone services
now offer voice mail. Voice mail will enable your callers to leave a message
while you're connected to the Internet. There are also software programs
and devices that will enable you to take calls while you're connected to
A filing cabinet
will enable you to organize your paperwork such as your receipts, tax
information, and business records.
In addition to the basic office equipment, you'll also need to stock up on
Log Books Files
Excedrin Migraine, Motrin IB, Advil, Tylenol or whatever your favorite
headache medicine may be. You're going to need it:)
Take your time and set up your office according to your budget. Start out
with the essentials such as a computer and an Internet connection. You can
add additional equipment and supplies as you go.
Setting up your office space is an essential part of your success. Not only
will it designate a specific area as your business space, but it will also
provide you with some added motivation to work towards accomplishing your
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