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Big Mistakes

The five biggest blunders you can make in your home-office setup and how to avoid them

This story appears in the September 1999 issue of

Blunder #1: Using the wrong room as your office. What seems right and what feels right can create an internal battle and affect your productivity. For example, if it seems right to use a spare bedroom as an office but you feel better working at your kitchen table, stop to consider why. Is your kitchen bright and roomy while your spare bedroom is too dreary and cramped? Make the necessary changes to the room you choose, keeping in mind you'll be spending a lot of time there.

Blunder #2: Not planning for long-range wiring needs. When you first open your home office, you may need nothing more than a business line and fax/modem line. As your business grows, however, you'll need additional lines for incoming calls and dedicated lines for your fax, modem and electronic equipment. Getting direct Internet access via your cable company alleviates the need for a modem line, but you'll still need the capacity to accommodate additional lines and outlets.

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