Deciding what part of the house you are going to use for your business can be as important as the business itself. You will need an area large enough to house your desk, files and your equipment. You will probably prefer a spare bedroom, however, when that's not possible, you can consider an area of the garage, your basement (if it's not too damp). Almost any area of the house will do if you have the space to get started.
There are several things you need to consider in choosing your “office" space:
Distractions and Interruptions
Although you may prefer to use a spare bedroom for setting up your office, you have to look at things realistically. If you have small children running around during the day, it may not be possible to close yourself away in a room where you won't be disturbed or distracted. You may find it more convenient to choose to rearrange your living room in order to claim enough space for your desk. This will allow you to work comfortably while at the same time, keep an eye on the kids.
Keep in mind that even if your desk faces away from the television, you may find yourself distracted by it. You need to try to minimize the distractions, while at the same time allow for your own particular circumstances. A full time mom may find it easier to work only when the children have gone to bed for the night, and grab a few minutes to call clients while the kids are napping. Some people simply can not concentrate with activity around them and must have seclusion to get any work done. This will certainly be up to your own particular tastes and requirements.
You should have plenty of space for all of your files, supplies and of course you should also have a telephone jack close to your desk so you can work with clients and customers on the phone while having quick access to your files and materials.
Try to keep your work area as clutter free as possible in order to save you time looking for things. Some people work just fine at a desk that is covered with papers, notes, reminders and such. Make every possible attempt to keep your desk clean and organized. Since it is the center point of your work activities, you will find yourself being much more productive if things are neat and organized.
Make sure your desk is well lighted to minimize on eye strain and that you have a comfortable chair that is at the appropriate height to help prevent carpal tunnel if you spend long hours at your computer.
Customers and Visitors
You will also want to consider whether you will be dealing with customers in your office. Do you have pets that might annoy your customers? Is your working space presentable? Does your office present a professional image? Will you be dealing with privacy issues with spouse or children? How will you feel having strangers in your home? These are some issues to keep in mind when selecting your office space.
You may want to look into holding your meetings at your client's office, in a rented office space or a coffee shop. The image you present to your customers will have a big impact on how your business is perceived. If you find that your business has cut into your housecleaning time, meeting outside your home may be an alternative for you.
Once you have carved out your own space and are satisfied with your work area, you are ready to get down to doing business. You will find that the happier you are with your work space, the more successful you and your business will become.
Kim Haas is a WAHM and Founder of Womans-Net.com , a popular online networking community focusing on working from home and women in business and owner of http://Article-Host.com . To learn more about Kim, visit http://kimberlyhaas.com
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