Checklist for Home Office

Some of these are:

  • Regulations.
    Make sure that you do not have to comply with any local body regulations which may forbid you to set up and operate from home.

  • Allocate the proper work space.
    If you are working from home make sure you have a room set aside where you operate from. Many people try and combine working from the lounge or part of their bedroom or family room and this is generally not recommended.

  • Work with the family.
    Before you start working from home sit down and discuss all the implications with your partner and your children. You need the full support of every member of the family and you will need their cooperation.

  • Establish proper hours.
    You will need to set up for yourself firm hours within which you will be operating. Start work at 8.30 and finish at 5 with a couple of breaks in between. Make it known that these are the hours that Dad or Mum would be working.

  • Keep interruptions to a minimum.
    Try not to take any personal telephone calls or meet family when they arrive during your working hours. It won’t be easy at first, but once your friends and family appreciate that this is your work time and every hour means money to you then slowly the situation should right itself.

  • Make sure that you have the right machinery and office equipment.
    Almost every business today cannot operate without a computer. The advancement in technology means that computers and the internet and fax machines and scanners have all contributed to making life a lot easier when running a business whether from home or whether from an office.

  • Check other things such as insurance.
    You will need to talk to your insurance company or agent because your policy will have to incorporate amendments to cover office equipment and any workshop plant etc that is used in the business.

  • Business records.
    Make sure you keep adequate records. Even though you are working from home there is a tendency to mix your personal and financial paperwork with the business paperwork and this needs to be monitored at all times.

  • Keep Professional.
    Even though you are working from home you need to conduct yourself as if you were working for an employer in the city. Be professional at all times and make sure that you run your business as a business.

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