Running your own home business from home can be very exciting. Being organized is one of the most overlooked pieces to being productive and profitable. Read below to get the most productivity out of your home business office.


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How to organize a home office, most people have a small space to work with, sometimes as little as a desk in the corner of the family room.  But, with some creativity and the right equipment, it ís possible to have an efficient workspace.  First, decide what you absolutely have to have, based on the needs of your business.  Beyond basic office supplies, like paper and pens, most people only need a computer, printer and a filing system.  A lot also depends if you have an online business or a brick and mortar business selling products or services. An online business such as online marketing or a programmer would need less space than an online store selling a product. 

 A lot also depends if you have an online business or a brick and mortar business selling products or services. An online business such as online marketing or a programmer would need less space than an online store selling a product.  For example, an online marketer would need less space than a online store with products, or a home inspector that needs a place to store product or their home inspection reports.

 

Let's start with the biggest problem- paper clutter:

1- Throw junk mail away immediately. Keep a trash can or recycling box, near the door just for junk mail, donít even let it in the house. Distraction are a huge part of not being productive. The internet is bad enough by itself. Do not let other distractions in.

2- Purchase a hanging file system. These filing systems are designed to hang from a hook on the back of a door, so it can be hidden in a closet.  They usually fold up to about the size of a small briefcase.  Label each pocket based on your needs, such as bills that are payable, copies of receipts of payments from customers, and tax deductions (even if you aren't sure something is deductible, save the receipt and check later).

3- Scan and save to disc or cloud  older papers that you don't need on hand, but want for reference.  Discs and cloud storage take up a lot less room than the paper but can be easily printed out if you need a hard copy.  Business card apps also let you scan business cards to your phone or tablet  also removing clutter and help you remain focused. Especially important for home businesses that  save reports for many years. Home inspection report for example.

4- Office supplies can be a challenge, but a few simple storage containers can keep the clutter to a minimum.  Get a drawer divider that has compartments for different sized things.  If you need a traveling office a child's school box or art supply box can make a nice option.  Periodically check your pens, if they are dry, toss them. 

5- If space is a real premium, consider getting a laptop computer, rather than a desktop.  It allows more flexibility.  Printers are also getting more compact, and are often combined with scanner/copier/fax systems all in one.   The prices are coming down on them all the time, and if you shop around, you can get really good deals with rebates.

6- If you don't even have a corner of a room for an office, some people have successfully converted a larger closet into an office area.  You may not have a nice view, but you can install a good light, build a desk out of filing cabinets and some counter top scrap in the closet.  Work with the door open, and when your done, close the door and even if your desk is a bit cluttered, nobody will see it from the outside.

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