The number one thing that you want to remember when setting up a home office is to make it as comfortable as possible. You will be spending a lot of time working in your office, and you are going to want it to be a place that you don’t mind hanging out in.
Some people are lucky enough to have a whole room to act as their office, some have makeshift offices in sheds or garages, and others just work in their bedrooms or living rooms. Where you decide to place your work space is very important, if you are going to be talking to people on the phone, you will want an area that is quiet. Try to keep your desk away from windows, where kids will be playing, or where dogs may be barking. Also try to stay out of high traffic areas like a living room if you have a family who may be running around. Of course you aren’t going to be able to avoid all noise which is why items like noise cancelling headphones are a must have!
Top 10 Items that Your Office Needs
- A newer computer
- High speed internet
- Dedicated phone line
- Comfortable Office Chair
- USB Headset
- Foot Pedal (For transcription)
- Computer speakers or headphones
- Web cam (For meetings)
Not every position is going to require every item, and some companies may require more items, so before going out and buying anything, be sure to find out what your company will require you to have. The biggest things you want to spend the most attention on are a fast, reliable internet connection and computer. Don’t settle on the minimum requirements the job asks for when it comes to your computer and internet because you will find out that after working for a few hours having a slow computer or internet connection can drive you completely crazy, make your work more difficult, and in some cases can make you lose out on work to people with faster equipment.