Dollars & Sense - Tips for Designing a Home Office

If you’re designing a home office you need to set reasonable spending targets for equipment. Technology theoretically is supposed to reduce the amount of time we need to spend in the office. What if we also have an office in our home? Not only are we working an 8 to 5 shift but with the right equipment we can keep on working after dinner or as I do, start our day at 5:30 A.M. To set up an efficient home office you’ll need to target your expenditures for furniture, computer, office equipment and software. If you’re meeting clients in your home office, it will require the appropriate ambiance. If you’ll be spending numerous hours at your computer, that extra kitchen chair isn’t going to work, you’ll need one that’s more contoured. If your home office work space is cramped, you may want to spend a little extra and get a lap top as your full-time PC. Spending a few more hundred dollars will buy you a docking station. This will let you move your lap top without always having to connect and disconnect cables. Unless you have a great neighborhood copy shop, you’ll want to budget for a fax machine, scanner, and copier. Just don’t let all this technology turn you into a workaholic. Take time to smell the roses.

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