you can occupy and seal off from the rest of the family environment. Think about your cus-
tomers, and whether you're willing to bring them into your home for a sales visit, to pick
up or drop off a repair, or to consult with you about a future repair. You can have your desk
in the corner of your bedroom but it might be a bit embarrassing if you invite a client in
there to conduct business.
A basement room is a great place to run your business, and many homes have “bonus
rooms” that also may do the trick. Just know that clients don't like to walk in on a family
argument, or the kids dancing in front of a television set that's turned up too high. Design
and decorate a dedicated area for your home office. It can be simple but it should be quiet.
If you don't have clients visit your home, then it's up to you. Just be sure and dodge that
flying football and watch your shins as your children are driving around their remote-con-
trol car. If space within your home is difficult to come by, take it as a sign that you want to
grow your business quickly so that you can afford a commercial space.
A Desk Space
Your office furniture need not be new or expensive, but it does need to fit in terms of aes-
thetics and it does need to do its job. It's best not to clutter your floor or walls with book-
cases when a filing cabinet might just do the trick. Shelving is great. Since you'll be star-
ing at your desk space on a daily basis, it would be nice to keep items up off of your desk
and onto nice-looking shelves. Remove the “visual noise” so you can concentrate on your
work. A critical component to the desk space is a comfortable office chair and a reason-
ably comfortable guest chair. Sitting in a chair that is too low or too high, does not have
adequate back support, or is wobbly may not seem like a problem initially, but over time
your body will react, and you will develop sore, stiff muscles. If you have clients visit you
at your home for a consultation, you will want them to have their own chair.
Keep your spaces clean. Dedicate fifteen minutes at the end of each day to make sure
you're ready for the next day's work. If you have clients coming into your office this is es-
pecially true. You don't want them wading through snowdrifts of crumpledup paper. These
should bother you as well. It can get hard to find a certain file if your space is cluttered, and
if you have someone calling your business on your toll-free telephone number, remember
that every minute wasted means that expenses are piling up.
Lighting will be necessary and if you're staring at a computer screen for any length of time
you'll find that lighting is also important for your eyes. To determine the best placement of
lighting, as well as the best type to use, think of how the room will be used. Overhead lights
are always a good idea. In addition, you may want to add task lighting in several areas.