Establishing Your Home Workspace

Home Office Furniture, Equipment and Supplies
Here is a handy checklist to help you determine the furniture, equipment, and supplies you will need (Figure 7.5). This checklist is very comprehensive; chances are you will not need everything featured on it. If your budget is a concern, you can prioritize the items and purchase just what you need most to get the business generating revenues and profits right away and then purchase the other items as you earn.

Office Furniture and Equipment

  • Desk
  • Comfortable chair
  • Filing cabinets
  • Work/computer table(s)
  • Overhead and work lighting
  • Client seating
  • Fireproof safe
  • Desktop and pocket calculatorso Bookcases
  • Postage meter
  • Wall whiteboard and markers
  • Storage boxes
  • Label maker
  • Photocopier
  • Radio
  • Paper shredder
  • Air conditioner
  • Wastebasket
  • Insulated windows
  • Recycling bin
  • Desktop fan
  • Space heater
  • Outside courier delivery box
  • Home alarm system
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Telephone Yellow Pages
  • Smoke director
  • Telephone White Pages
  • Rechargeable flashlight
  • Office decorations
  • Business and industry Directory
  • Reference books and product catalogs Computer Hardware and Accessories
  • Desktop computer, keyboard, mouse, and monitor
  • Surge protector
  • UPS
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Notebook or laptop computer
  • Modem
  • Wireless router
  • PowerPoint projector
  • Palm organizer
  • Digital camera
  • USB flash drive
  • Computer and equipment manuals

Computer Software
Specific Program or Brand

  • Word processing program _________________________
  • Accounting software _________________________
  • Contact management software _________________________
  • Database management software _________________________
  • Website building software _________________________
  • Website maintenance software _________________________
  • E-commerce software _________________________
  • Payment processing software _________________________
  • Inventory management software _________________________
  • Delivery tracking software _________________________
  • Desktop publishing software _________________________
  • Multimedia software _________________________
  • Antivirus software _________________________
  • CD storage case _________________________
  • Fireproof lock box (disks) _________________________
  • Industry-specific software programs _________________________

Home Office Communications

  • Dedicated telephone line o Internet connection
  • Dedicated fax line o Toll-free line/number
  • Cordless telephone
  • Fax machine
  • Answering machine/service
  • Cordless headset
  • Speakerphone
  • Cell phone (possibly with internet features)
  • Pager
  • Tape recorder
  • Telephone (possibly multiline) with business features and functions

Home Office General Supplies

  • Business cards (paper)
  • Business cards (CDs)
  • Envelopes
  • Promotional items (e.g., pens)
  • Mailing labels
  • Letterhead
  • Postage stamps
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Index cards
  • Printer cartridges
  • In box
  • Out box
  • Pens
  • Pencils/Erasers
  • Accordion files
  • File folders
  • File labels and tabs
  • Markers
  • Hanging files
  • Pencil holder
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Printer paper
  • Note pads
  • Fax paper
  • Paper clips
  • Hole puncher
  • Stapler/staples/Staple remover
  • Paper cutter
  • Packing tape
  • Tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Glue
  • Ring binders
  • Scissors
  • Cleaning supplies

 

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