It’s ‘clean out your home office’ day, so what are you waiting for? Get to it!
Guidance on how to keep your home office in order.
by bret.silverberg, published 03/11/2014
- Where will you set up your home office?
- How will you modify the space to meet your needs?
- Can you lock the door? Can you lock the windows?
- Do you have sufficient lighting for that area?
- What office supplies you will need?
- Where are the electrical sockets located? Will you need additional power sources?
- Do you have enough storage space, such as a file cabinet, bookcases, credenza, closets, etc.?
- Where you will store back-ups? Is the storage area safe from fire, flooding, etc.?
- If your home office is in the basement, and if the basement tends to get damp, do you have a de-humidifier?
- Do you have a personal computer that you already use at home? Will you need different software or hardware to do your work? Will others need to stop using it for personal purposes?
- Do you have sufficient office equipment for your home office?
- Do you have a desk? Is it large enough to do office work?
- Do you need to have adequate access to the Internet? WiFi? What about network security?
- Are there sufficient phone jacks in the area you’ve designated for your home office? If you don’t have a landline, does your cell phone get a strong enough signal?
- Do you need a separate fax line, Internet line, and business line?
- Do you have voice mail or an answering machine?
- Do you have a smoke detector in your home office area?
- Do you have a fire extinguisher located near your home office?
- A professional office desk and worktable;
- Sturdy filing cabinets and drawer space for files. Invest in quality pieces that won’t fall apart;
- An ergonomically correct chair;
- Bookcases or shelves to hold binders, trays, phone books, and reference manuals;
- Stackable storage units that maximize your space vertically;
- Large garbage can;
- Supply caddy/accessories;
- Stackable trays for “in” and “out” boxes;
- A large, standing document sorter with slots for envelopes, fax paper, letterhead, etc., that fits under your desk for easy access.