When working from home, your office set up makes the difference between success and failure.
These are the key factors in your office:
- Distraction Free
- Working Hours
- Internet Connection
- Computer Hardware
click Distraction Free
This is a can be a deal breaker. This is an area in your house that you can work and not be disturbed.
This is even more important if you have children at home, since they will want to spend time with you, which can make working very difficult!. You need to set a rule that when you are working they are not to disturb you but make sure that know when you are finished so they can play with you.
Ideally you have a room that is dedicated for your office and a door that can be shut. Blocking out any distractions so you can get your work done in the shortest time possible. Then you have time for doing life, seeing friends, playing with you kids etc.
If you don’t have a space when you can work distraction free, consider renting a office at a co-working fallacy. A lot of these places have excellent facilities, are tax deductible and provide a really excellent divide between work and play
Set yourself a time to start work each day, before you know it, it will become a habit and that’s half the battle won. You are now at your desk and working.
Also it’s too easy to start working 24/7 when working from home and that is quickest way to burn out!! Studies show that when you exercise and take time away from your work you are more productive, so book in time away from your work.
Study’s also show that your overall productivity drops for every hour you work over 40 hours since your brain gets fatigued. Your 80 marathon weeks may not be producing more that a 40 week. So work smart and use the other 40 hours for having fun. Work life balance is probably the reason you are work from home, so don’t forget about it.
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A business internet connection is your best option for home work. Sure they cost more but the benefits out-way the cost.
The most important factor for your home office internet connection is how much it’s works. Check your ISPs SLA’s for time to repair a faulty connection.
Cheap home connections may be 3-4 days before they get repaired!!
Business Connections can be 4-24 hours. That is a lot better!
Now imagine not earning for 4 days because you cheap internet connection is down or you are unable to finish that vital project, that cheap connection is suddenly very expensive.
Most business connection also come with options to have static IP’s which allow you run servers at your office. Most home connection expressly forbid you running servers on the internet connection.
Also most IPS will give business connection traffic priority over consumer traffic. You can never have too much speed. Oh for 1 Gbps connection.
There are different priorities when buying for a home office.
The most important been that the when your computer fails, how you can get it fixed as quick as possible. I chose a HP workstation since you can purchase 4 hour on site warranty for it!! So if anything fails, 4 hours later you are back up and running.
Compare that to a Mac Pro. If it fails you have to post it in a wait a week or so for it to be fixed. Or try and book a genius appointment at your local apple store and pray they have replacement parts on hand.
When you work for someone else it’s their problem if your computer breaks and you still get paid.
When you work for yourself, if you can’t work you don’t earn!! Always have a plan for getting working quickly again. That could be on site support or spare computer.
This is usually the bit of equipment that gets the least amount of thought, but there are a lot of benefits to a great chair. Most people sit in a chair over 180 hours month. Imagine the potential negative impact on your body with a bad chair.
Some things you wan to look for in a chair:
- Supports you body
- Moves with you body
- Removes pressure points.
- Head Rest
- Arm Rest
- Hight Adjustment
- Lumbar Support
A great chair has been one of the best things I have brought!! Makes a day at the keyboard effortless.
These days there are so many options for a phone. The main requirement is to allow your clients to contact you so an answer phone is essential.
Some options for a phone
- Land Line
- Skype (with number)
VOIP is one of the best options as it can grow with your company.You can use you mobile phone to take VOIP calls or redirect it to your mobile. You even can answer your calls from anywhere in the world!
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