Setting up your home office
So you've decided to take the plunge and work from home. You've dreamed about it for years and it has finally become a reality. Setting up a home office is the first thing you need to consider. Finding a separate space away from your personal life will make your business run smoother and help you stay more organized. So here are some tips to help you get started with setting up your home office.
Tip #1: Find a suitable location
When I say "location" I mean a place in your house where you can keep track of the business end of things; where it can be separated from your household bills and other distractions. If you're the only one in your house to use the computer and other office tools then you can think about making an office in the bedroom or corner of the house that no one else uses. If others will need to use the computer then you will probably want to leave the computer in a place where it is easily accessible to others in the house; an empty bedroom, enclosed porch area, or even the family room. The biggest thing to remember when trying to find "office space" is that you need to be able to do your work there.
Tip #2: Think about what kind of storage you will need
Having a home business has its advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage is that you may not have enough storage to keep everything where it needs to be. Fortunately for you that's why there are office stores that you can find the storage you need. Places like Office Depot, Office Max, and even Wal Mart can provide you with some different options for office storage. File cabinets off some closed off space to store papers and receipt types of things. If you're not so worried about people not seeing your "stuff" you can always get bookshelves to store books and other things on, binders, bins, and desk top storage pieces of furniture. Shelves hung on the wall will also offer some good storage and if you really want something big you can go out and buy an Armoire which can serve as a place to hide the computer as well as all the stuff on top of the desk. Take some time to consider where you want things placed, and how to best organize it for your needs.
Tip #3: Find a desk
If you don't already have one you will need to go find a desk. Any home business needs some type of desk to sit down at and do their work. It doesn't have to be expensive and big. Whatever type of desk will meet you needs. If your budget is tight then try looking in the paper under the classifieds or on other web sites that sell used items. People are always trying to get rid of stuff or sell it for cheap. Without a desk your office supplies will be strewn all over the house and kitchen table making it very hard for the family to work around you.
Tip #4: Find the right office equipment
Having the right kind of office equipment is going to make your life easier and help your business to run smoothly. When choosing office equipment here are some things to consider:
- Find a good computer and a quality printer and make sure you have a backup system.
- Make sure your space is equipped with plenty of electrical outlets.
- Phone lines are crucial when it comes to your home office space. You will most likely want a space where you can access the internet, use a fax machine, and talk on the phone all at the same time.
- Get a professional voice mail system.
Setting up your home office space takes some time and consideration. Where ever you decide to put your office just make sure the space is usable and that you have access to the office equipment you need to successfully run your business.