Home OfficeA well equipped and designed home office that
takes advantage of the latest in technology can save you time
and money. Most importantly it allows you to focus on the
activities that make you money.
The Homebase of the
Home Office Setup
Primary question you need to ask yourself is what is going
to be the main function of your home office. The office
is the homebase for your home based business.
The needs for your home office setup will depend on the type
of business that you choose. For some all you will need
is a small area that you can keep your records together, a
place for your computer where you can do your administrative
work - accounting, record keeping, invoicing and
make a few phone calls.
For others, a lot more attention will be needed for setting
up your space. It will be the place where you spend your day,
the center of all your activities. You will need to be
concerned with a work space that is free from distractions,
organized, comfortable and pleasant to be in.
Your layout will be dependent upon personal preferences and
use. If you have clients coming to your office, you will
want one that will accommodate guest. If your going to be
working on the computer all day your preference should be more
toward ease of work on the computer.
Many communities have zoning laws that prohibit you
from operating a business from your home when living in a
residential area. The purpose of the ordinance is that
they want to maintain a pleasant residential environment for
Running an auto repair facility at your home, with the noise
and fumes of the repair work, cars sitting around waiting to be
repaired, the traffic of cars and delivery vehicles coming and
going, will certainly earn you the ire of your neighbors and
bring an unwelcome knock at your door from the city.
A quiet office set up in a spare room will go unnoticed, and
probably just create envious friends and neighbors.
AddressTo maintain your privacy, you may want to consider
using a post office box or a private mail box service for your
The private mail box service does offer many advantages.
You can call them to see if you have any mail,
potentially saving you a trip. You can receive
packages from UPS, FedEx, DHL and others (with the post office
The private mail service also offers the advantage of being
able to use a street address rather than just a P.O. Box
Another option is finding a place that not only offers the
mail box service, but also offers office and conference rooms
that you can rent by the hour. This would provide a
professional atmosphere in which to conduct meetings.
These services are not yet as plentiful, but I expect
over the next few years they will be much more plentiful in
order to meet the growing demand for home business support
The focus with most home offices will be on comfort and
Here things have gotten much more convenient. All home
offices must have a computer! Today it is just as
important as the telephone. When you buy a printer,
invest in one of the all-in-one printers. This will give
you a copier, a scanner, a fax and of course a printer.
Another worth while item today is a video camera for your
computer. Today's high speed Internet connections have made
video conferencing a reality. The high gas prices and the
hassles now involved with air travel is making the video
conference more and more popular. Having video
capabilities is a valuable tool to use on websites and in
The traditional landlines have become obsolete. The
smart home office now uses a voip phone (voice over the
Internet). These generally offer unlimited local and long
distance calling. Some of the services can easily be
transferred with the number from one location to another.
With some you can even get a second number with any area
code so that you can have a local number for another
If your going to be on the road a lot, a business cell phone
becomes a necessity. You want to be able to respond to
your customers quickly, so they do not look elsewhere. If
you have a land line, consider having one where you can easily
have the calls forwarded to you. Some services, like
Vonage, have a plan where if there is no answer the call is
automatically forwarded to the number programed