Once you've settled into idea of running a business from home you need to make a choice. What type of office setup do you need? It's beyond scope of this article to detail each and every item required for perfect home office. Instead we will focus on hints and tips for creating a more ideal home working environment.
Desk Those newspaper ads always prompted you to "start a business from your kitchen table". While this works well in newspaper adverts it's not nearly as practical in real life. A good home office desk is a basic requirement and should be quite basic. Avoid desks with keyboard trays and nooks and crannies spread all over it - this just gives you more places to lose things. The ideal home office desk will have a large, flat working area, at least one deep drawer for files and preferrably be L-shaped to allow for a more ergonomic home working environment.
Chair Anybody running an online or other business from home is going to spend a considerable amount of time sitting down. It's absolutely critical that you have a good office chair. Many people make mistake of using a kitchen or spare household chair as chair for their home office. This is a bad idea because using an insufficient chair can and will lead to lower back and shoulder pain and also looks unprofessional. The ideal home office chair has following features:
* Adjustable backrest
* Swivel base
* Adjustable armrest
* Deep cushioned seat
A great home office chair can be purchased for as little as $60 brand new. The moral of story is - don't skimp on your home office chair.
Environment There are 3 key factors to having a suitable home working environment. Noise, Light and Heat.
Noise - excessive noise (above say 45 decibels or a really loud office fan) is counter productive to your work. You'll have trouble focusing on anything or thinking clearly for more than a few minutes. Your home office space needs to be as quiet as you need it to be. So avoid using laundry rooms or other areas with excessively noisy equipment.
Light - light in your home office needs to be controlled. Too bright and it will produce glare on computer screens and documents. Too dim and it will cause eyestrain. Natural light is ideal because it gives diffuse (soft) light. To achieve diffuse lighting at nighttime set up your desk lamp off to one side of your desk. Adjust it until you have enough light to read conformtably.
Heat - this is simple. Your work space should be neither too hot nor too cold. Any extremes of temperature in your home office will lead to decreased work performance. Room temperature is 37 degrees celsius so aim for something in that region.