How to Create an Organized and Productive Home OfficeJuly 2, 2011 3:59 pm Business Matters
Your home office is essentially the space where you will work in order to try to earn a living from home. Because your home is doing double-duty as your office, it is important to try to make sure that this space is well-organized and motivating as well, for maximum productivity.
In this guide, the authors offer you the benefit of their personal experience in creating a home office that will motivate you to work in it every day. In this way you can ensure that you are making the most of your space and the time you have to devote to your career as a freelancer, telecommuter, consultant, or home-based entrepreneur.
Key topics include creating a dedicated space for your home office, the essential elements you should have in your home office, how to stay organized, how to organize your computer files, and how to protect your essential data.
They also discuss how to manage the change from cubicle to home office, the many challenges of suddenly working out of your own home, how to achieve a work/life balance, and how to deal with family issues which may arise as a result of your living space now also being the area in which you earn your living.
This guide also provides essential advice on how to reduce the environmental impact of your home office, cut down on your energy bills, and how to manage you budget effectively. The authors also provide hints on how to make your small business look big online, and how to make the transition to a larger office once you find that level of success with your home-based business.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CREATING A DEDICATED SPACE FOR YOUR HOME OFFICE
DECORATING YOUR SPACE
THE PRACTICAL OFFICE
ORGANIZING YOUR COMPUTER
PUTTING THE ‘M’ IN MOTIVATION
RE-ENERGIZE AND ACKNOWLEDGE
HOW TO MANAGE THE CHANGE FROM CUBICLE TO HOME OFFICE
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY COSTS IN YOUR HOME OFFICE
HOW TO KEEP YOUR OFFICE COOL IN THE SUMMER FOR LESS
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS’ ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
HOW TO KEEP YOUR PASSION WHEN YOU WORK FOR YOURSELF
HOW TO KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME TO TAKE SOME TIME OUT
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY WISELY IN YOUR HOME-BASED BUSINESS
HOW TO MAKE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS LOOK BIG ONLINE
HOW TO INCORPORATE EXERCISE INTO YOUR WORK-FROM-HOME ROUTINE
HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS AND KEEP YOUR RELATIONSHIP HAPPY
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS MOVE
Evelyn Trimborn is a freelance journalist on a wide variety of how-to subjects and is a popular contributor to blogs on small business and Internet marketing topics. Carolyn Stone is a popular freelance writer who contributes to a wide variety of print and online publications, including the blog at Accent Marketing Group Inc.