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Setting Up Your Home Office

Oct 16, 2007
When you set up your home office for the first time you should take five simple things into consideration. These areas include space, quiet, lighting, office tools and security. These five areas can make your home office an enjoyable and efficient space to work in and enjoy. A home office can be a space where you work full time, pay your bills or finish up work from your office outside of your home. No matter the use the function of your office will be the same. Below is a more detailed description of why these five areas are business essentials for the home office.

Space

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 cubicle for any number of times, you have probably felt caged or cramped at least once in your time there. Especially if there are no windows to peer out of. 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 do not have to have a spacious cathedral like room to work in but definitely enough space to be comfortable in.

Quiet

A peaceful area where there are little to no distractions. You would not want your office next to your childs bedroom, where they are hollering or blasting their favorite music. You would not want to be disturbed by Barneys laugh or carton sound effects from the television. 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.

Lighting

Lighting can be seriously important for your moral and for your health. Poor lighting can cause blurred vision and serious head aches. If you are forced to squint or sit absurdly close to your screen due to the level of light, then it is time you invest in a desk lamp. If you prefer natural light, then place yourself near a window to satisfy your need for an outdoor view.

Office Tools

If there is one piece of office equipment to invest in it is a comfortable office chair. So many people suffer from back and leg pains due to sitting in a poor office chair. You want to have enough cushions for your bottom, proper support for the back and the arms as well as a chair that can be raised and lowered for proper leg fit. Purchasing a comfortable 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.

Security

When running a home business you want to be extra cautious of your homes safety and security. With the office equipment such as computers and fax machines you want to protect these from thieves. Also if you do any work from your home office that contains private or personal information, you want these files or documents protected. You may want to speak to an insurance agent for additional coverage. You may also want to invest in a security system or at least have your home surveyed by a security system company to evaluate your safety risks. In the day and age we live in, you simply cannot be too careful.

By keeping the above five areas in mind you are sure to set yourself up with an office that can be everything you need it to be. A space to work as well as to find sanctuary, peace and quiet from the outside business world.
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