You’re an entrepreneur! You've made decision to work from home and it's time to get your office or shop set up.
You have taken care of legalities, you know who your target market is, you have an exceptional product or service and you're ready to get it out there.
This is a very exciting time and you want everything to be perfect and appealing, including your workspace.
You buy a new desk, computer, printer/copier/fax/ scanner, chair, calculator, office supplies, file cabinets, bookshelves, and decorative accessories to make your office attractive.
You may be spending a great deal of time in your workspace and it is important that it be comfortable and ergonomically designed.
Although comfort and functionality are important, be mindful when furnishing and equipping your workplace.
Be aware of what is absolutely necessary and what is a nice-to-have.
Some of today's business giants started by selling out of their garages.
It was not glamorous in beginning, but it was necessary to start their businesses on a solid foundation.
Now, some of these successful entrepreneurs work out of magnificent skyscrapers, have mansions in New England and drive vintage sports cars.
These smart businessmen and women realized that everything didn't have to be perfect or aesthetic when they started.
Some new home-based business owners feel it is necessary to buy state-of-the-art equipment, sign up for all of prominent subscriptions and memberships, stock their shelves with loads of inventory, have expensive art on walls, and create an air of wealth and success in order to impress prospective clients.
This kind of thinking can put you out of race before you even start running!
I remember when I was a consultant for a MLM company. I thought I had to carry every product available to impress my customers.
A startling realization for me was that my biggest show in sales was when I had fewest number of pieces on display.
The customers were able to see quality in each product and did not have to see every piece in order to make a buying decision.
When I decided to terminate my business, I had a closet full of products. I sold quite a few items to another consultant, but still had shelves stocked with unopened product.
For about five years, I didn't have to buy a birthday, wedding or Christmas present because I had a massive amount of untouched gifts in my home office.