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Working From Home: How To Set Up Your Home Office and Get Organized

Updated on September 13, 2014

Working from home

So, you've decided to work from home. Congratulations! Operating a home based business can be a wonderfully rewarding experience. It is important to note that an organized business will be more successful and productive. Here are some tips to help you get organized, no matter what business you are starting.

Set Up Your Office Space

First, you need to decide where your office should be located. It is best to set up your desk in a quiet room away from household traffic and noise. If you are planning to meet or speak with clients in your home, you may want to consider setting your office up in a separate room if possible.

Your office should have enough space to be able to perform your duties easily and also plenty of room for everything you need. Besides your desk and chair, your office space may also require room for other large items such as:

- computer

- printer and/or fax machine

- file cabinets

- bookshelves

Since you are operating a home business, you may also want to consider installing the following if they are necessary:

- internet connection

- dedicated phone line

Have Your Supplies Ready

Every business, including those that are home based, will require office supplies. Depending on your home business, you will need to have a multitude of supplies on hand. Think about what kind of duties and activities you will need to perform and make a list of the required supplies. This list may include:

- pens

- pencils

- highlighters

- erasers

- paper

- notebooks

- sticky notes

- message books

- file folders

- index cards

If your business requires a computer, you may also need:

- printer paper

- ink cartridges

- floppy disks or cds

Be sure to set up a budget to keep your supplies stocked and on hand at all times. This is an important factor to being able to perform your duties and maintain your focus.

Stay Organized

Keeping your office area organized will help you to stay focused and be more productive. Avoid clutter such as junk mail, candy wrappers, and other unnecessary items. It is also a good idea to keep your equipment and supplies orderly and within easy reach.

Maintaining your business will require hard work and dedication, but keeping your office space organized and clutter free will help you to maintain it more easily. Organization will also help you to stay focused and give you a more rewarding work at home experience.

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    • Jimmy Gavin profile image

      Jimmy Gavin 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Crystal, I don't actually work from home but spend a lot of time on Squidoo and mailing friends. This might be the time for an upgrade!

    • BeaGabrielle1 profile image

      BeaGabrielle1 7 years ago

      Having your own dedicated personal office space is a must for all work at home moms (and dads, too). Thanks for all the tips and suggestions!

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      renee7 7 years ago

      The better you are at dedicating a space to your home office and really treating it like an office, the more productive you will be. Nice lens.

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      cleanearth 8 years ago

      Great lens. Last fall, I started working from home-late Sept. I may not be making enough to quit my dayjob yet, but my home business gives me hope that it will happen. Thank you for sharing this

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      Success4ever365 8 years ago

      With the New Year creeping up on us faster than most of us would like, I canât think of a better way to start off the new year than finally getting my home office organized.

      Adrian Maddox

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      Ruth Coffee 8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      This is good information. The great thing is that the lens looks so pristine and organized that I'm totally confident you know what you're talking about!

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      ClutterLady 9 years ago

      Great lens. Same with me; I work from home and have a hard time keeping my desk organized. Thanks for the information.

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      danluther 9 years ago

      Hey Great lens from an old dog home business veteran - and sometimes, not the most organized one !! 5 stars from a Fan !

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      jembay64 9 years ago

      superb lens with tons of good info. love it. hoping soon to write about making money online myself very soon. watch this space......john

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      CoolM 9 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this lens! I work from home, and your article was very helpful.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I work at home a lot and my desk/office area gets messy fast. Thanks for the tips on keeping it organzied