It’s finally time to start working from home. Like any other business adventure working from home will take structure and commitment. Laying out your home office foundation and creating your space will make the home business venture an easy transition.
Home Business Basics
In todays world the most essential item for a home based business is a computer. It may be a desktop, a laptop, a tablet or even just your cellphone. I find I do most all my writing on my laptop (My iMac is just collecting dust) I can take my laptop into any room or any comfy chair. I can even take it on vacation with me if I choose to do so. It’s all up to me.
A Dedicated Work Space
If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated workspace in your home where you can have a desktop computer than that would probably be your best bet for ease of use and functionality.
Having a dedicated space that is quiet and out of the main hustle and bustle of the house would be ideal, maybe a quiet corner or a whole room if possible where you will be able to concentrate and work without interruptions.
A room that you can create into the “Home Office Space” should be a room that you are comfortable in, one that can allow you to create the ambiance that you can work best in. Whether that is a space with natural lighting from a large window or a darker corner space where you can adjust the lighting to your own specific needs.
If your home business is one in which you will have in-person consultations with clients at your office you may want to consider having a separate business entryway to protect your privacy to your personal living spaces.
if you plan on being organized than a desk is an essential item. One large enough for you to work comfortably at your computer whether you use a desktop or laptop that is up to you.
A file cabinet of some sort, if you have a desk with drawers you may not need this.
You will want to be sure you have a phone, DSL, or cable line so you have access to the internet.
A printer, copier, scanner and fax machine or a multi function machine can be essential items as well depending on what your business is. If you plan to do flyers or photo printing or send faxes instead of emailing you may need these items in your office.
Since you will be spending many hours at your desk a high quality office chair that is rated for at least 8 hours of seating would be your best choice. These chairs offer more lumbar support and usually offer a contoured structure and are fully adjustable for a more comfortable supportive experience.
Additional Office Necessities
A document shredder may be an essential item if you have a home business in which you will be collecting or holding personal or sensitive information.
Basic essentials such as paper, scissors, pens, pencils, highlighters, stapler are items you may need to purchase for your business. Sit down and really think about your needs to function successfully with minimal expense.
One more thing that I think most people will not think about is some sort of fire proof document bag or fire proof safe to protect your important business (and personal) documents. We never want to think about something like a fire but we always want to protect our important documents. It’s easier and less expensive to protect them from the start rather than trying to replace them if something does go wrong.
Personalize Your Office Space
Add a few plants or a lamp or two. Hang some of your favorite pictures or inspirational quotes on the wall. Add a couch for visitors or maybe a couple of chairs with a small table in between for cozy down-time conversations. This is YOUR space make it reflect You and what you want to portray to your clients.
Or maybe you don’t need any of the suggestions above and all you need is your laptop, a comfy chair and an internet connection. It is entirely up to you.
Determining what is the most important home office essentials is going to depend on you. What is the most important to you and the business you have chosen.
Building your home business space is the hard part but Starting your business is the easy part