There are quite a few benefits to setting up a home office, but it needs to be done in a way that secures the best advantages. Under certain circumstances, the expenses of a home office can help you substantially in savings on your income taxes, so it is important to keep every receipt. Store them all in a secure place so you won’t lose them. Having said that, now it’s time to turn to the basics that you’ll need to set up a small home office for your business.
Choosing the best location
Select an area of the home that will give you the space you need to operate. You’ll want to make sure that you have room for all of the office furnishings, storage and equipment. This allows you to setup the layout so everything that you’ll need for your work will be convenient and easy to access. Some things to consider in the arrangement will be whether or not you will have potential customers or clients coming into the office area for goods or services. If the area involves inventory and/or mailing services, set aside an area for this.
If you plan to spend any amount of time working in your office, make sure that the furnishings are highly functional and comfortable. I recommend an ergonomic chair to help avoid back strain. It can make a big difference after a few hours time. Choose a desk that is large enough to accommodate all of the items you will need to place on it. This includes your PC or laptop, etc. Think about any storage needs that you will have. Some desks come with sliding drawers to the side that can house staplers, paper, documents and other supplies. You may also want to consider having a file cabinet or two for storing important information such as invoices, agreements and other business related documents.
Most businesses require the use of a computer. If yours is small in size, you can save space by using a laptop or smaller sized PC with a flat screen monitor. In addition, you’ll need to have a reliable printer and a micro cut paper shredder for disposing of documents that contain sensitive information.
An important part of a home office setup includes the communications aspect of your business. Internet with Wi-Fi is recommended so you can use the signal in a variety of areas of the home. It can also help you to save money on phone data plans. Make sure that the bandwidth is high enough to give you relieable connections for all of the devices that you plan on using for your business operations. You’ll also need to have a cell phone to keep in contact with business associates and customers. There are some reasonable plans on the market and the expenses for this can be counted at tax time.
These are the basics that you’ll need to set up your home office. You don’t need to have a lot of space to get started for most ventures. Keep it simple by starting out with the essentials and you can add to your home business office as you expand as your needs increase.