If you are going to own and run a home based business, having your own home office is an important aspect of your success. Although you could perform your duties at your kitchen table, this should be a last resort, as having your own space will enable you to differentiate your home from your business.
It is essential that you have a place that is conducive to work. Having your home office in your living room isn’t favorable to getting work done. You will also discover that finding time to rest or time for your family is impossible if you are encircle by your work, and time for work will be impossible if you are encircled by your family and distractions, such as the television.
So, what does your home office require? Let’s find out.
Office Desk and Chair
You will spend most of your time sitting in that chair, and working at that desk. The more roomy and comfortable it is the better off you are. You may be forced to begin with a small desk and an inexpensive chair in the beginning, but you should upgrade as soon as possible. The chair is especially vital, in terms of comfort.
There are many alternatives when it comes to a desk, but your desk should have a place for your keyboard, a room for your printer, storage space for disks, space for your monitor, and of course space to write and such.
The computer that you’ve used to browse and send and receive email probably isn’t strong enough to operate a business. You need a reliable computer, but you also require a computer that is suitable for upgrades in the future, as technology advances. Obtain your computer from a well-known company, and be sure to buy the extended warranty.
This office equipment includes a printer, a scanner, a digital camera, and a fax machine. You may not really need all of these things for your home business, but you should consider your options carefully, and when you’re ready to buy, ensure that the products are high grades, so that they last for a long period of time.
When it comes to printers, you essentially have two options – a laser printer or an ink jet printer. If you will be doing a lot of professional printing, you may want to obtain a laser printer. However, if you want a printer for daily use, such as printing documents and pictures, an ink jet will be great. Either way, ensure 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 allow you to print, fax, copy, and scan, and for numerous business owners, this is the most logical and cost effective option. 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 important.
A digital camera may seem less important, but in most cases, it really isn’t. Owning a digital camera will allow you to take your own pictures for use on your web site, such as a photograph of you, or your products. What’s more, there is no film to purchase, and no development costs, as you can transfer your pictures from your camera to your computer in the blink of an eye.
Ideally, you will have a different telephone line for your business. Most folks don’t realize the essence of this. It isn’t a case of professionalism; it is a case of keeping your sanity. Your phone line will require voicemail, and this will take care of calls that are received during your personal hours or absence. You also won’t have to be concern about the line being engaged with personal calls.
You will certainly require a filing cabinet. Your business may be an Online Business, but that doesn’t imply that you won’t have offline files. You should save hard copies of everything, and set aside time either daily or weekly to carefully file things away. You should keep hard copies of receipts, contracts, tax information, and other business records.
Lastly, you will require 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 numerous headaches you will experience.
Make your office space confidential, and make it a place that you will feel relaxed spending a great deal of time in. While it isn’t important to decorate the home office, it does help to enable it a warm and inviting place to carry out business.
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