A daunting part of starting a business can be the cost of getting everything up and running, so what better way to keep costs down than by starting your business from home? Even though you are working from home it is still vital to create a comfortable, smart and professional space. Create the right atmosphere for yourself and your business, starting out with the best and most useful accessories, to help you create the perfect home office.
To begin your home workspace you will need the basics.
A Desk and Chair
The desk should be the correct height and size and it should feel right and comfortable for you as you may be spending a lot of time at it. For practical purposes, a desk with a drawer and a keyboard shelf would also be beneficial.
The correct chair is just as important as the desk. It should offer you the support you need, as the last thing you want is a sore back. The chair should be height adjustable, have a tilt-able seat and should be able to be adjusted to suit your weight, height and the way you sit.
A Lamp and Clock
A good, flexible lamp is important, especially if you will be staying up late. Eye-strain makes you more tired and relying on a ceiling light is often not enough, especially if you are going to be doing lots of reading and focusing on the screen.
A clock should also be a key part of your office. Choosing one with clear, visible numbers will make it easier for you to be aware of the time as often as you need to be. It should also be one which is wall mountable so it is out of the way in what may be a busy and crowded space.
A solid bookshelf with deep shelves would be helpful as well as boxes for items that you way want kept away from prying eyes. Magazine files are also great for storing invoices, books, receipts and post.
A lockable drawer unit would be perfect for storing away laptops and sensitive material.
A Laptop and Printer
If you are taking your laptop out and about, you will want something light and small. The screen size does not need to be an issue if it is a more practical size and can be plugged into a large screen.
It is not advisable to look for the cheapest option when buying laptops and printers, instead look for value and quality.
An all in one printer would be helpful, especially if you are short on space. Try and find one that scans, prints, copies and faxes and uses cost effective ink cartridges.
In the end you will have a great looking, professional and functional office. Some of the world's biggest businesses began in their front room, and two thirds of new entrepreneurs are now taking the same steps. A tidy, organised and fully functioning office will help you keep a clear mind and work in a productive atmosphere without spending excessive money on office space.