The Complete Guide To Setting Up Your Home Office
Establishing your own home business has its own set of challenges but it can be an exciting prospect for the most part.
However, you must not neglect the need for setting up a home office where you take care of most of your business needs. This will enable you to treat your home business as you would normally think of any other business.
To set up a home office that makes working convenient and efficient for you, there are some essential factors that you need to put the home office together.
Therefore, you have to secure all the necessary equipment, furniture, and supplies that will help to keep your business running smoothly.
Starting Your Home Office Setup
Before you look into the tinier details of your home office setup stage, you need to work on the basics first.
Taking care of these basic items will help you in working out the specifics later.
In which part of the house do you want to set up your home office? Consider the year-round conditions of that particular area in the house. Will it be warm enough in the winter and cool enough in the summer? Make sure that it provides a convenient place for you to attend to business and work essentials.
Find a quiet place in the house. Setting up your home office away from areas that offer a lot of distraction will help you increase productivity. This is an important consideration if you have young children at home.
Create a home office business plan. As with anything, it is always best to have a plan so you are able to organize the steps you need to take to get to your goals.
Home office equipment
Decide what your office needs and designate a spot for each item.
If you make calls from this area, you’ll need a phone, phone book, message pad, and pens.
And, you’ll need a place for your computer, accessories, files, and a spot for copy paper.
Set up the basics first, then decide item-by-item what else you want to place in your office.
Do you have room for personal items? Pictures can be placed on a bulletin board or hung on the wall.
Your ability to focus and accomplish the task at hand is affected by a messy desktop, so make it a priority to keep it decluttered.
Once you’ve set up the office and filed your paperwork, you can buy some colored folders or stickers and color-code your files to make it easier to find what you’re looking for and a little more fun.
If you take just 15 minutes at the end of each day to clean off your desk and surrounding work area, you’ll find your home office a much more pleasant place to work!
And your personal efficiency will skyrocket as well!
If you don’t have a bulletin board, this might be the best opportunity to put one in to use.
It doesn’t need to be fancy with ribbons and decorations—just a standard corkboard with pushpins will do nicely.
If you have paperwork that you don’t want to file away (yet) or things that you need to keep in front of you for memory-jogging purposes, a bulletin board is a great addition.
On my bulletin board, I have things that I don’t need cluttering up my desk, but I do want in easy reach when I need them.
My OFFICE MUST-HAVES*
Ergonomic Chair - It’s comfortable and adjustment so that I can use it no matter what height my desk is at
Large Desk - Tons of surface area
External Hard Drive - For backing up and storing your files
Printer - Wireless printing from all devices
USB Power Strip Surge Protector - This safeguards my computer and other office equipment from potentially damaging power surges
USB Port Hub - This hub makes it easy to keep all of my equipment plugged into one place with only one USB getting plugged into my computer - plus it has fast-charging ports to charge my phone while I work
File Organizer Boxes - These are a beautiful way to store and organize all your paperwork, letters, folders, and hanging files
Transparent 4" x 6" Photo Storage Boxes - For organizing all the small things like pens, sticky notes, paper/binder clips, stickers, etc.
Wax Warmer - Helps me create an environment that is calming and focus-oriented
Scented Soy Wax Melts - I love this Spa Day Mix so you can switch it up depending on your mood or mix all three together.
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