Setting Up A Home Office 101

Worcester Business Journal:

Ah, the joys of working from home. No battling the rush hour traffic. No rushed lunch breaks. No crammed workspaces surrounded by sterile, gray cubicle walls. Sounds like a worker’s paradise, doesn’t it? Be advised, it may not be as easy as you think.

The following advice, provided by Linda Novey-White, a member of the SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) board of directors, will help you avoid many of the common pitfalls.

Emphasize the office. A home office has to be just that, an office. If your workspace feels too much like home, you’ll be doomed before you begin.

Take a seat. You may be tempted to cut costs, but your office furniture is not the place to do it.

Always stay connected. The advantages of working from an office – numerous phone lines and separate modem and fax lines – are a necessity for producing quality work at home.

Be your own boss. To succeed as a do-it-from-homer, you’ll need to block out all the at-home distractions.

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