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									Home Business Tips #1: Get Your Work Place Set Up
Do you already work at home? Or is it something you're considering doing in the near future?


I have spent over 20 years successfully working from home, so I fully understand why people are motivated with the idea of working from home, and
why many aspire to it, with the ideals that it brings a healthier quality of life, which it certainly can.


But you need to GET ORGANISED to make it work and to create a successful business working from home.


Once you're organised you can conquer the world, or at least stay happily on top of your own little corner of it.


With this in mind, this is the first of a few articles relating to giving you some simple but key tips on how to successfully work from home...


Tip #1 ...Set Up Your Work Area At Home


First, you need space. Somewhere that's yours, even if it's temporary! Thankfully, working from home means you can be creative and flexible. If your
home doesn't have a dedicated office or study, then think about where else could you find space? Are there a few square feet to spare in any of
these?


Loft or Attic Basement or cellar Under stairs Walk-in wardrobe Corner of living room or bedroom (you can even use a simple privacy screen if
necessary, to give you more of a private area) Foyer or lobby Hall or landing Garage Garden shed Laundry room, utility room etc...


Once you've decided where your home office will be, you need to be set up right with the correct equipment to get the job done.


Key things include:


- Desk (or any flat surface ie kitchen table, where you can work). - Computer - desktop or laptop/notebook with Internet access, ideally broadband
which provides much quicker internet access, and allows you to use the phone & internet at the same time. - Printer - Phone (using a digital
cordless phone gives flexibility, in case you have to move to another space) - Answering machine - Filing system (cabinet, crate, box, concertina
folder) - Comfortable (important!) chair - Good lighting (equally important if you're planning on working late) - Basic office supplies (pens,
highlighters, folders, stapler etc.)


But (and this is a very important "but")... don't go out and spend a fortune on 'stuff' straightaway. learn to start with what you have, add what you
absolutely need. Once the money's coming in you can spoil yourself with shiny new stuff but do that only when your business begins turning a profit
and you can afford the extras.


As you purchase things and create your workspace, keep in mind the need to be flexible and efficient. Your computer is crucial. Make sure your
computer is 'man enough' to do what you're asking of it - there's nothing more frustrating then having to continually wait while your computer opens
files, connects and/or reboots.


Ensure your software up-to-date, and you've installed adequate anti-virus and firewall protection (something I've learned the painful way!). Create
regular backups of your data. Your data is your business's lifeline... protect it above all costs.


Using a laptop or notebook computer and wireless Internet means you can work anywhere in your home, even outside in the garden! If you are a
stay-at-home mum or dad and you have small children who can't be left unsupervised, a wireless laptop is ideal. You can work wherever your kids are.


A notebook with wireless also lets you work outside your home wherever there's wireless Internet... in local restaurants, coffee shops, hotel foyers,
airports, etc. Having the option to "go out and work" can make a tremendous difference to your quality of life and productivity.


Another great tip to maximise your budget, space and time is to combine functionality. If you need a printer, look for a model that includes a printer,
copier, scanner and fax machine... all-in-one - there are some great ones available at very reasonable prices.


No matter how small your work space, enjoy creating one that is just for you, by making it personal to you. I love my work space - and you need to do
the same, after all you're going to be spending a fair bit of time in 'your space'...
...so make it a 'space' you really enjoy being in - your work-from-home business will thank you for it!


About the Author
Learn proven ways to dramatically improve your income from one of Europe's leading home-business income experts. Steve Mitchell has helped
literally thousands of people substantially increase their income with their own home-based business. Get Steve's FREE 62-page Special Report
'Marketing Pro Secrets: the ultimate guide to making money from home'.


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