Setting Up Your Home Office

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Before you can start your own home business you should designate
a place for you to work. The area that you work in should be free
of distractions and have a computer,a desk, a phone, a connection
to the Internet, and, if possible, a bathroom and coffee pot or pitcher
with your favorite drink. ( I always have a cup of tea next to me –
it is the one thing that I love hot, cold or in between temps. )

This way you will have everything you need until you take your lunch break.

Something to remember is that you are ‘at work’ in this area. An ideal solution is to have
every distraction taken care of. This means that you have someone looking after your child or children, if possible. If your children are younger than school age, hire someone to look
after them during the day.

This may seem strange since you are working at home, but would you take a baby
into your office with you? Probably not – your boss wouldn’t allow it. Having someone
look after them while you are working ensures that you will get everything done during business hours.

If your children are school age and old enough to understand, let them know that you are working, and that you should only be disturbed if it’s an emergency. If they are still young, have someone watch them after school.

This may seem like an unnecessary expense, but if you are talking to someone on the phone, they won’t take you seriously if they hear a crying baby in the background, or children fighting. You want to make yourself seem as professional as you can so that people know they can trust you.

I learned all of this first hand when I started my home based office services business 13 years ago. I had, at that time, a 16 year old girl, a 10 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. I had to set limits once they were home from school – they had their special “Mom times” and I had my “Mom is working here!” guidelines. It took some work but we did manage to survive it.

Like I told them, they wanted me to work at HOME instead of going out to another “job” when I got laid off from being a telemarketer – and in order for me to do this, they had to understand that this WAS a job and that I was working. If I had a “real” job, they could not run in and out bothering me with silly snitching, fighting and whining and they had to learn to pretend that I was NOT here.

It worked – they are all grown and here I am, still working at home!

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6 Responses to “Setting Up Your Home Office”

  1. Ray Says:

    The first year that I spend working from my home as a start-up was a train wreck… I had to figure out a place and a plan to get work done, and it all started with turning by extra bedroom into an office and creating standard office hours where I would lock myself into the office. Great advice here!

  2. Jan Tallent Says:

    thanks for the comment, Ray. I agree – until I got the family “trained” tho I did have a separate room from the start for my home office – it was busier than the play room!

    I plan on downsizing to a small house or apartment soon, now that the kids are all grown and gone and, of course, the first room I will set up will be my office or my corner of a room designated for that.

    I am very organized in my clutter but my office would look LIKE a train wreck to most, lol

  3. Donna L. Johnson Says:

    I have a designated office, but sometimes I need a change of scenery. When I need uninterrupted time, I hang my handwritten Do Not Enter sign on the door!

  4. Jan Tallent Says:

    My biggest mistake starting a home biz and setting up an office while still raising smallish children was putting the office in the most central part of te house thinking that this would somehow give the kids the security of seeing I was “there” but magically show them I was BUSY and they would just “know” to not bother me, lol

    The other bright idea was making the first room you enter my office – duh! Everyone who comes or goes had to come through here and a closed door is a joke. Still, I have managed for 13 years, so I guess it worked out :-)

    thanks for reading and commenting, Donna, dear!

  5. Ray Says:

    I have a friend who runs his business out of his home, he’s always concerned that someone will find out that he works from home! It’s funny to hear what he goes through to hide it. These tips will work well for him.

  6. Jan Tallent Says:

    Thanks, Ray. I get the reaction from people who do NOT work on their computers like, “Oh, you do not really work – you just sit at home and pay on your computer all day.” I tell them yes, and I get PAID to do it, lol

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