10 Best Home Office Book List: Numbers 1 - 4
Home office workers unite! Here are ten best books for inspiration and self help that may specifically address your needs.
#1. The Smarter Home Office: 8 Simple Steps to Increase Your Income, Inspiration and Comfort by Linda Varone
Author Linda Varone is a home and office design consultant who specializes in “Architectural psychology." If you’ve found your office is depressing, a dungeon, or just needs some serious mojo help, this may be your book.
A scary bit of data shared, Varone says, “…information crossing your desk has increased by 600% while the size of your desktop is 37% smaller…" So then she sets about outlining 8 easy steps to consider for your own home office: desk position, ergonomics, lighting, accessing nature, color environment, identifying underused spaces, how to make the office personal with photos and mementos, and this overlooked “best perk" of having a home office—access to family and no commute.
Varone has design ideas such as: making use of a “hutch" and designing vertically, along with how to get the kids to respect your space; she also tells how to not zombie out from lack of human companionship. There is an action plan at the end of each chapter.
2. The Home Office Planner by Barty Phillips
There's more office design in this little 96-page guide, but this "spiral-bound" planner has charts to help you decide how to plan, while the unique self-adhesive stickers and a grid allow you to construct an accurate layout drawing. Inside is a split section for experimenting with color options and office furniture options. This is a fun, interactive book that makes you an active partner in practical design. There are also notes on sharing office space, the dual-purpose office, the put-away office and the awkward-space office.
3. A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office: Navigating the Maze of Solar Options, Incentives, and Installers by Stephen and Rebecca Hren
We love, love, love the idea that solar energy just may be becoming more mainstream, and this book helps things along. A detailed and clear overview of the many solar options available today for home office users who are energy-minded yet still don’t know all the ins and outs.
We liked the map of the U.S. with typical kWh/year estimates for your own state. And we also found out that solar hot water panels are not the same as solar electric panels. What's the dif? Sun’s heat is directly converted to energy carried in photons of sunlight via a semiconductor to generate electricity, but solar water has copper tubes where the water flows through them. Also, solar electricity has no moving parts—and works better in cold (sun is closer to the earth in winter). But both are free, renewable, sustainable. The book details types of solar panels, tax breaks and financing.
4. The Home Office From Hell Cure: Transform Your Underperforming, Time-Sucking Homebased Business Into a Runaway Success by Jeffrey Landers
A serial entrepreneur, Landers has founded five companies and has advised small businesses for more than three decades. But there are many struggling entrepreneurs who are in a muddle. This book has a 100-day action plan as a calendar-slash-motivator. Endorsements from guru Seth Godin, co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for the Homebased Business, tell us you will learn to identify business goals. The book is easy to read and colloquial in nature, and Landers jokes by having “TheTop 10 Signs You Have a Home Office From Hell." One of the signs is: #8: “My friends think that working at home means I never miss Days of Our Lives."
Get a virtual office, check the yellow pages, find locations…virtual staffing; jumpstart your business, bring it back to life in 100 days—Landers wants to help you be a “Nexpert", but the plan is quite intense if you actually follow the program.
More best books for inspiration and self help for home office workers on page 2.