Set Your Home Base Business Office
For Success To Be As Productive
As Possible And Operate Like The Big Boys
Your home base business office presents the challenge that it is home base and the reward that it is home based.
If you are going to own and operate a home base business, having your own office is an important part of your success.
Although you could work at your kitchen table I did when I started, this should be a last resort, as having your own space will enable you to separate your home from your business. This will keep the peace in your household especially if you have a significant other.
It is important that you have space that is conducive to work. Setting up your home base business office in your living room isn't conducive to getting work done.
You will also find that finding time to relax or time for your family is impossible if you are surrounded by your work, and time for work will be impossible if you are surrounded by your family and distractions, such as the television.
I will make recommendations for vendors that I use to help me be productive and help you operate your home base business on a shoestring budget.
My 1st Home Office
Well, not exactly, but it looked like this. I spent about $400.00 on it back in the 90's.
So, what does your home base business office need?
Office Desk and Chair
You will spend a lot of time sitting in that chair, and working at that desk. The more spacious and comfortable it is, the better off you are.
You may be forced to start with a small desk and a cheap chair in the beginning, but you should upgrade as quickly as possible. The chair is especially important, in terms of comfort.
There are numerous options when it comes to a desk, but your desk should have room for your keyboard, a place for your printer, a phone, room for your monitor and of course space to write and such.
The computer that you've used to surf the web and send and receive email probably isn't powerful enough to run a home base business. You need a powerful computer, but you also need a computer that is suitable for upgrades in the future, as technology changes. Purchase your computer from a well-known company, and be sure to purchase the extended warranty.
Since you have a home base business to be more flexible I suggest a laptop that you can take with you when you travel and if you decide to work at the coffee shop some days.
You should also get a external hard drive and back up your computer daily or you can use and online back up service like Mozy.
I had the very unfortunate task of rebuilding a home base business on my laptop after losing all of my information because I did not back up my hard drive, don't let it happen to you.
This equipment includes a printer, a scanner, a digital camera and a fax machine. You may not actually need all of these things for your business, but you should consider your options carefully, and when you're ready to purchase, ensure that the products are high quality, so that they last for a long time.
When it comes to printers, you essentially have two choices - a laser printer or an ink jet printer. If you will be doing a lot of professional printing, you may want to purchase a laser printer. However, if you want a printer for everyday use, such as printing documents and pictures, an ink jet will do nicely. just know that ink jet ink smears when it gets wet, that does not look professional. Either way, make sure that you can print in black and white as well as in color.
Also consider the fact that there are all-in-one systems that enable you to print, fax, copy, and scan and for many home base business owners, this is the most logical and cost effective choice. You will be amazed at how much a scanner comes in handy. It will enable you to scan documents and photographs.
With a fax machine, you will be able to send and receive faxes and in today's business world, that is vital.
I also like the flexibility of having an internet fax you can send (documents from your computer) faxes and receive faxes from anywhere. When you have the ability to send and receive from anywhere you are not tied down to any one place and have the big business perception to your clients and customers.
Internet faxing can be as little as $13.00 a month, I like efax. This one little tool could save you hours and dollars.
A digital camera may seem optional, but in most cases, it really isn't. Having a digital camera will enable you to take your own photographs for use on your web site, such as a picture of you, or your products. What's more, there is no film to buy, and no development costs, as you can transfer your pictures from your camera to your computer quite easily.
If your cell phone takes good pictures you can save some bucks here.
Pictures of you, your family (kids and pets especially) are VITAL. As you build relationships people want to SEE you. This is where social networking sites help to build your brand. I had to get over my dread of taking pictures, I HATE IT, to put it mildly. Getting over the hatred is nothing that a steady income stream can't cure.
Ideally, you will have a separate telephone line for your home base business. Most people don't realize the importance of this.
It isn't a matter of professionalism; it is a matter of keeping your sanity. Your phone line will need voice mail, and this will take care of calls that are received during your personal hours.
You also won't have to worry about the line being tied up with personal calls.
I have used a voice over internet protocol (V.O.I.P.) service for years that I LOVE. I get emails when I when a message is left and i can listen to them also. I get all the optional features that my local carrier charges an arm and a leg for (conference calling, voice mail, caller id, etc.) I can forward my calls and transfer (BIG company image) to any phone
without giving out my cellphone number, very convenient and inexpensive. I use Vonage also great for international calls.
Toll free service, virtual PBX and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) services also give you the big company feel. You know when you call a company and they have the multiple options, press one for this department and press two for that department, there are services that allow your home base business to give that big business perception.
If you were to call my toll free number you would think you were calling a major corporation with different departments, floors and separate offices BUT it's just me and a few others.
Try kall8 very inexpensive and check out their enhanced features if you need that.
You will definitely need a filing cabinet. Your business may be an Internet Business, but that doesn't mean that you won't have offline files.
You should have hard copies of everything, and set aside time either daily or weekly to neatly file things away. You should keep hard copies of receipts, contracts, tax information, and other business records.
Finally, you will need miscellaneous supplies, such as pens and pencils, a pencil holder, a pencil sharpener, business cards, note pads, envelopes, stationary, address book, paper and ink for the printer and of course tablets for those many headaches you will experience.
Quill offers next day delivery, easy pick up for returns and great prices.
Make your office space private, and make it a place that you will feel comfortable spending a great deal of time in.
While it isn't necessary to decorate the home office, it does help to make it a warm and inviting place to do business.
Contributing Author Shelley Lowery is a successful well-known Internet Marketer and the owner of www.Web-Source.net.
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