When you set up your home office for the first time there are 5 simple things you should take into consideration. You must take into consideration your space, quiet, lighting, office tools and security. Implementing these 5 things can make your office more enjoyable and help you work more efficiently.
A home office can be a space where you work full time, pay your bills, or finish the work from the office outside your home. No matter how you use your home office it has to function in the same way. Below is a brief description of the 5 most important things to consider when setting up your office.
Space is very important in the sense that the amount of space we have to work in can create certain feelings and emotions that can affect the way we work. If you have ever worked in a small office cuticle for any number of times, you have probably felt caged or cramped at least once. Feeling cramped can impede your work by distracting you from the task at hand. For most of us, we enjoy enough space to stretch our arms out in front, out to the side and of course above our heads. You need space to move from your desk to the filing cabinet or bookshelf. You don’t have to have a spacious cathedral like room to work in, but definitely enough space to be comfortable in.
Your office should be a peaceful area where there are little to no distractions. You wouldn’t want your office next to your child’s bedroom, where they are crying or blasting their favorite music. If your office space is to be used for work, you need quiet for concentration and focus that will allow you to complete your tasks effectively and efficiently. If you have a choice, try putting your office in the room furthest from the room(s) that would bring the most distractions.
Lighting can be seriously important for your morale and for the health of your eyes. Poor lighting can cause blurred vision and serious headaches. If you are forced to squint or sit absurdly close to your screen due to the level of light, then it’s time you invest in a desk lamp. If you prefer natural light, then set-up your office space near a window, plus looking outside the window could put you in a more relaxed mood while working.
4. Office Equipment
If there is one piece of office equipment to invest in, it’s a comfortable ergonomic office chair. So many people suffer from back and leg pains due to sitting in a poorly constructed office chair. You want to have a cushion seat for your bottom, proper support for your upper and lower back and the arms. You will need an office chair that can be raised and lowered to adjust to the comfort of your legs. Purchasing a comfortable office chair can make hours in the office much more comfortable. And when you are done working for the day, you can leave the office behind instead of taking the pains with you. Make sure you invest in the right computer or laptop for your business needs. Please refer to my previous post: http://firstratemarketing.com/acer-a-high-quality-laptop-for-your-business-needs/
Also, invest in a good Wireless Office Jet All-In-One machine that will fax, copy and scan. Now, if you choose not to invest in an OfficeJet, you can choose a virtual fax machine and eFax online. eFaxing does eliminate the headache and expense of OfficeJet repairs (or replacement), paper for the machine, ink cartridges, etc. I think you get the picture. You can reference my previous post: http://firstratemarketing.com/efax-your-documents-dump-your-fax-machine/
When running a home office business, you want to be extra cautious of your home safety and security. You want to take the necessary steps to protect yourself, of course, as well as your office equipment, the equipment needed to effectively operate your business. Don’t forget to speak to you insurance agent to get extra coverage on your valuable office equipment. In addition, you would want to invest in a really good software security package for your computer. It’s important that you protect your customer’s private and sensitive information if stored on your computer and the proper security software should take of that.
If you pay attention to these 5 areas when setting up your home office, you will save yourself a lot of stress and frustration. If you feel comfortable and happy when you walk into your home office, you will work more effectively and efficiently.
To your success…