written by: Theresa Smith•edited by: Ginny Edwards•updated: 8/3/2010
Working from home is a dream for many people that is now becoming a reality for those who are diligent in looking for opportunities. One of the most overlooked things on working from home is having an effective work space. This article will give you some insight in getting started.
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Home based offices are more popular today than ever before. In order to be successful, it is important to have a dedicated area set up at your home in which to work. This will help maximize your productivity as well as your level of job satisfaction. Whether you are an independent contractor working for yourself or able to work at home through your employer, the following five tips will help with your home based business office setup in the most effective way:
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Pick a Location
Ideally, you will have a room that you can dedicate solely to your home based office. If not, find a suitable corner, or other place within your home, where you can set up your office. If possible, this area should only be for work related ventures.
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Choose Your Workspace
While it might be great to have a giant desk so that you can spread out all of your work in one area, you might not have the space for this. Ideally, your desk should be large enough to hold your computer, printer, and some type of filing system for ongoing work. Completed work can be filed in a filing cabinet nearby. The filing cabinet can also be used to hold the printer, or the ongoing work filing system, if needed.
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Get a Comfortable Chair
A comfortable office or computer chair is a necessity as you will find it difficult to work if you are uncomfortable. Many people prefer a rolling version that turns in a circle. This type of chair can make it easy to move around your office area to reach items that you need.
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Customize Your Work Area
It is important to try to set up your home based office so that everything is within reach. It can cause you to lose precious minutes as well as cause you to become distracted if you must leave your desk to retrieve a needed item. If there is not enough room at your desk for all of your work essentials, try to set up a filing cabinet or small table beside, or very close to, your desk that can be used for those items.
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Minimize the Distractions
Close your office door, if you have one. If you do not have one, or if you are using a corner of a room, tell the other occupants of your house which hours you will be working and that they are not to disturb you then. Some people find music distracting while others find it helps them be more productive. You will need to experiment to see which works for you.
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By following the tips above, you will be able to accomplish your home based business office setup so that you can be productive and efficient. In this way, you will be able to make working at home work for you.
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