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Setting up a home office

Setting Up a Home Office

SCC BUS 209 _ Spring 2006
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Making the Home Office
Environment Work for You
 Make it a space you love.
you’ll be spending a lot of time there

 Make it a well-defined space.
 Learn how to shield yourselfphysically & psychologically from
interference.
 Professionalize your business.


Focus on Files
 Focus on files first…
 Start by organizing and grouping
your office paper.

 Decide what to keep and what to
toss.
 Don’t be a clutter keeper!
 Helpful Hint:
Don’t bother filing A-Z. Try a
color-coordinated functional
approach: Prospects or Leads,
Marketing, Administration,
Finance…


Equipment That Works
A well-equipped home office has

• Two-line cordless phone
• Separate telephone line
• Answering machine or
message center
• Voicemail
• Pager or cell phone
• Fax or fax modem
• Desktop and/ or portable
computer
• Laser or ink-jet printer
• Copier or Scanner


Decide what is Needed and Want is
merely Wanted!
• What can you afford
• Which technologies are
you comfortable with now.
• What are you willing to
build on.
• Investigate leasing as a
option.
• Think Ergonomically!


GOT DSL??


 Technology may be
critical for many HBB.
 Plan for technological
growth.
 Educate yourself on how
to use technology so it is
a small business
advantage!


Have a Back-Up Technician!
• Know someone who
understands
technology.
• Back-up frequently.
• Keep up on
technology.
• Protect yourself from
Viruses, Worms, etc.


Functional Furnishing
 Home Office Organizing Experts

suggest modular furniture with ample
space and a professional appeal.

 Affordability may be an initial
challenge.

 Nine out of 10 business owners
meet at their client’s office, but if you
have clients meeting then you may
need a reception or “conference”
area.


Home Office Resources


www.asid.org

American Society of Interior Designers



www.napa.net

National Association of Professional
Organizers



www.smalloffice.com will allow you to “design” your
home office on-line



HBBA.org

the home-based business association of America



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