Why is our generation different from all other generations when we think about “home office?” Well, in previous generations they would commute each day to their place of employment. They worked their eight hours and then commuted back home again. But in our present generation, a paradigm shift has occurred. Our generation thinks, “do we need to commute an hour or so, traffic can be horrible, to our place of employment or can we get our work done at home?”
Now, more people are working from home than ever before. Whether you are a lawyer, accountant, professional writer, consultant, movie star agent, etc. Our generation figur
ed out a way to accomplish their daily job at home – sometimes, in their pajamas. With the advent of computers and email technology, many of today’s workers are not finding it necessary to commute to work each day.
Employees are finding it easy to bring their “office” home. However, creating a functional home office can be quite difficult. Consequently, buying the furniture and electronics for your home office is not an easy task. A perfect home office, which can inspire great work, requires careful planning, creative imagination, thoughts about efficiency and strict budgeting.
Planning first will produce great results instead of the dreaded, home office regrets if they fail to plan. Ask yourself these 6 questions before you arrive at any store:
- Internet connectivity along with proper phone lines must be a paramount decision along with easy access to multiple outlets for electricity.
- Your home office room must have a pleasant temperature for all seasons of the year. Heating and air conditioning will create the atmosphere for optimum work.
- Must be a quiet area. In the late morning or afternoon your home office will be quiet because you may be the only one home. However, when the kids come home or friends are visiting along with other distractions, your home office must be secluded enough to preserve a quiet working environment.
- Don’t purchase everything you think you need at one time. Start out slowly when making purchases. You will need at least:
- Desk: $100 to $200
- Computer and Monitor $600 to 700
- Printer $70 to $130
- Fax $80 to $130 – don’t buy an “All in one Printer/Fax” – they breakdown quickly and are not efficient.
- 4 or 5 drawer file cabinet. Having a good filing system leads to organization and efficiency.
- Your home office should be your space. If other people are using your space even though they may be your husband or one of your kids, you will lose efficiency by office supplies disappearing or your computer/printer or fax will not work properly if used by many people.
- A comfortable chair, but not too comfortable so that you fall asleep.
If you follow these suggestions above in creating your home office, your home office experience will be a complete success. Planning first will build a wall that will protect you from bad decisions. Start out slowly when making your purchases, you will never over spend, and you will make all of the right choices.
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