How to Set Up Your Home Office

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Whenever you choose to open a home business, you are going to need to set up a home office. There are some challenges that you will surely encounter here. Whatever you do, make sure that you carefully plan your office out because you will probably be spending a lot of time there.

In order to create the ideal workspace for yourself, you will have to consider the nature of your business, your personal work style, and who else shares your home. All of these things need to be taken into consideration if you want to have a healthy, safe, and pleasant home office environment. After all, your goal should be to have a place where you can be comfortable, organized, and productive.

Here are some things to consider whenever you are setting up your home office:

Location

The location should be the first thing that you consider. This should be a place that is convenient and has enough room for your furniture and equipment. It should also be somewhat private without a lot of distractions. If you have a spare room in your home this would work perfectly, whereas your kitchen table is never an ideal choice.

If you are going to have clients and colleagues visiting your home office then it should have a separate entrance so that they will not be walking through your home. In this case, it is also ideal to see your driveway so that you can see when deliveries are being made.

Electrical Outlets

Wherever you decide to have your office, you are going to need to make sure that you have enough electrical outlets to accommodate your computer and other things such as other computer parts, lamps, and clocks. Plus you are going to need to have enough phone lines and jacks for your business phone and fax machine. You will also need to have a DSL or cable connection.

Lighting

Your office needs to be set at a comfortable temperature and has adequate ventilation. While you will want to have some natural lighting, you will also want to have some lighting fixtures as well. Make sure that this lighting is balanced and that you use light bulbs that provide you with a soft glow. The main lighting source should be located above and behind you so as not to create a glare on your computer.

Space

The central piece of furniture in your office is your desk. It will need to have enough room for your computer, monitor, and peripheral devices. You will also need a workspace where you can do your paperwork.

Chair

Make sure that you have a good chair for use on your computer. It should be comfortable, durable, and adjustable with arms and lower back support. If you meet with clients in your office, be sure you have a few guest chairs and a table for your meetings. You may also want to have a bulletin board and a chalkboard or a whiteboard where you can stash your business cards and make notes.

Design

Place some personal touches in your office to be a pleasant work area. Choose a color that you like on your walls then add some family pictures, artwork that your children have done, quotes or motivational sayings, a radio or small television, and some other objects that reflect your own personal style.


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