Step 7: Choose A Location

Setting Up Shop

Setting up a work area for maximum productivity is key to making your workplace work for you. In addition to selecting a workplace that clearly separates your personal and business lives, you need to come up with a floor plan that enhances both physical and psychological productivity.

Before plunking down your desk and office equipment for good, think carefully about the kinds of tasks you will regularly complete. Will you spend much of your day working on the computer or talking on the phone? If so, make those essential devices part of your "command central." Will you commonly be making photocopies that must be trimmed to a different size? Then place the paper cutter next to the copier. The goal is to create convenient centers of activity that save time and make common business activities more enjoyable.

In addition to the operational logistics of your workplace, be sure to give careful consideration to your lighting, temperature, ventilation, and other physical and psychological needs. Entrepreneurs devote tremendous amounts of time to working, so their surroundings should be inviting. Keep in mind that lighting and overall comfort levels can influence both mood and productivity, and design your workplace accordingly. Also, be sure that your work area will be quiet enough on a regular basis so you can concentrate on your work.

A business writer for the past seven years, Kylo-Patrick Hart has run a successful homebased consulting business since 1989.

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This article was originally published in the November 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Step 7: Choose A Location.

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