Are you thinking about setting up your own business? Many people set-up a home office when starting their own business. However, there are still some essentials that everyone needs when working from here. Here is a list of 10 most common.

  1. Computer/Laptop – Whether you choose a laptop or computer, the option is yours. A computer is the most essential item when setting up a home office, as most jobs are reliant on them.
  2. Broadband – Email is one of the most preferred communication methods for businesses. Therefore, having access to a broadband connection from home is essential to be able to communicate with suppliers etc.
  3. Telephone – Those who spend a lot of time on phone may want to consider investing in a business telephone system. Calls to landlines from mobiles can be expensive, whereas taking out a contract with a telecoms provider can reduce business costs significantly.
  4. Storage – This is when working from home doesn’t always work out well. If you have small children or pets at home, it is a good idea to keep all business files out of their reach. We recommend setting up a good storage system that is lockable.
  5. Wall Planner – Keeping track of meetings and lists is important in any office. However, when setting up your own business, you’re usually a one man band for a while. Therefore, it is easy to forget about things. Having a wall planner will keep you motivated and organised whilst working from home.
  6. Furniture – Comfort is essential for productivity. Therefore, choosing the correct office furniture for your home office is essential. That’s means a good quality chair and a desk at the right height.
  7. Printer/Photocopier – Having your own business can mean a lot of paper work. Therefore, we recommend having a high quality printer. Try and find a model that allows photocopying and scanning.
  8. Stationery – It’s always handy to have a pen and paper nearby. However, you will also need paper for your printer and folders for your filing system. Other supplies will depend on the needs of your business.
  9. Energy Efficiency – Every business now has to create a corporate social responsibility report by law. To avoid being fined by the government, use energy efficient products where possible and set-up a recycling disposal unit.
  10. Personal Comfort – As mentioned above productivity begins with comfort. Design your home office with items that will make you feel more comfortable.

This article was written by Brian Madden; Online Marketing Assistant at Crown Telecom.