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Where Is Your Home Office?

Feb 25, 2008
On the surface this may sound like a silly question. "It's in my home, of course!"

Well, yes, it is. But, where in your home is your office?

Is it in your bedroom? Or perhaps a corner in the dinning room or den? Maybe it's a desk in the kitchen?

Often any of the above is the best that we can do. Meaning, there simply isn't space to have the ideal: a separate room in your house that has a door you can close, enough space for a desk and chair, and is wired for phone and Internet service.

Let's consider why the ideal is the best way to go for your home office.

First, a separate room, with a door, will give you a private place for you to run your business free from noise and distractions. Depending upon what type of business you have this could be very important.

Second, having your own phone and Internet connection will enable you to work your business when it's best for you. Too many of my clients miss out on critical work hours because someone else in the house was using the Internet or speaking on the phone.

Spend the extra money on a separate business phone and Internet connection and write it off as a business expense.

Third, avoid sharing your desk with other household members. It's important that you know where your work related items are and are able to access them when you need them. Also, when you can afford to spend money on a high quality office chair, I encourage you to do so. This will help you avoid back problems in the long run.

Now, all the above is well and good, if there is space in the house to use for a home office. But, what if there isn't? Do the best you can to incorporate as much of the above suggestions as possible.

For example, if your workspace is in the kitchen, but there is more room in the dinning room, then relocate your home office. Put up a partition, such as a nice multi-panel, decorative, room divider. Discuss your work hours with all household members. Determine when you can work with minimal noise and interruptions.

The point is, do your best to treat your business like a business so it rewards you like a business.
About the Author
Kimberly Anne is a seasoned businessperson with over 20 years of marketing experience. With a BA and a MBA, she has helped thousands of people start home businesses and achieve success. For more information and resources about your home office visit Kimberly's site www.all-about-home-businesses.com.
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