12 Home Office Essentials

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12 Home Office Essentials
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Whether you work at home or in a traditional office setting, chances are pretty good that you'll need an office inside your home for that last-minute job your boss threw at you three minutes before quitting time. Or maybe it's for that start-up company just launched by the entrepreneur inside you. Either way, if you are working from home, having some essentials makes work as enjoyable at home as it can be anywhere.

Technology Is Your Friend
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Technology Is Your Friend

If you're going to work from home, make sure you have all of the conveniences of being at the office. High-speed Internet is a must-have if most of what you do is going to be on the computer. Going Wi-Fi, or wireless, cuts down on the cords and clutter, too.

Chairs: Office or Kitchen
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Chairs: Office or Kitchen

That beautiful kitchen or dining room chair is great for a good hour if you're eating, but sitting down all day can be very hard on your back. Take time to decide on the perfect chair. If money is an issue, look at used office furniture, too.

Desktop or Laptop
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Desktop or Laptop

The decision is up to you when it comes to either a desktop or laptop computer. These days laptops can cost more than desktops, but desktops aren't portable, as a laptop computer is. The bright side with a laptop is that work can be done anywhere.

Telephone, Fax, Scanner, Printer
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Telephone, Fax, Scanner, Printer

Depending upon what your business is, you might need a copy machine that can scan and print photographs, too. Although technology has nearly made the facsimile machine obsolete, occasionally someone will inevitably ask you to send them a fax. Office supply stores have loads of machines that offer all options.

Space to Multitask
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Space to Multitask

The desk is the main part of an office and should be big enough to accommodate papers, mail, projects and other necessary accessories so that it can be kept clean and organized. A second utility table for use as a storage area can help keep the desk area clean and clear.

Organizational Tools
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Organizational Tools

Stick to the basics for your office, much like the school supply list from childhood. These include pens, pencils, tape, tape dispenser, stapler and staples, paper clips and scissors, and sticky-backed notes. Don't forget the staple remover.

Home-Work Boundaries
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Home-Work Boundaries

Working at home has definite advantages, but sometimes the personal bleeds into the professional. Create a routine of getting up, getting dressed and going to "work." If you have a door, make a sign to show others that you don't wish to be disturbed.

Make It Quiet, Comfortable
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Make It Quiet, Comfortable

The home office can be anything you want it to be. If you're the quiet type and the neighbor is home cutting the lawn or your kids are playing loud games, put on some headphones to quiet the distractions.

Adequate Storage
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Adequate Storage

Planning storage options is necessary, whether you are creating an office or trying to keep the clutter to a minimum. Organize desk drawers, use portable storage cabinets or existing bookshelves to keep things handy and clutter-free.

Comfy vs. Fancy
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Comfy vs. Fancy

Save time and money by furnishing your home office with recycled furniture from garage sales or hand-me-downs. Check out online forums for used furniture, too. Sometimes the deals are fantastic.

Define the Space
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Define the Space

It might be a corner of the dining room or living area, but your office is your office, your personal space. You call the shots. If you can't imagine a wall dividing the home from the office, try a room divider to define the area.

Open and Inspirational
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Open and Inspirational

Using natural light and bright colors with personal touches like special furniture or pictures makes your work space an inspiration for the entrepreneur in you. Have some fun creating a place to create.

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