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Things you need to run a business from home

Mariana Seiffert

Working from home is on the rise for many reasons and quite a number of companies are actually buying into it preferring to let their staff work remotely. The promise of being able to work while being in the comfort of your home is appealing to very many people. It is not as easy as it sounds though, there are a few things to know before attempting to run a business from your home. Here is a list of some important things you need to successfully run your business from home.

1. Office Space: Even though you will be working from home, it is very important that you have a space dedicated to work. It is quite easy for one to get relaxed when working at home as the line between being at work and at home becomes very blurry.

Having office space within your home does not require you to have a room to yourself, just having a well-organized chair and desk in the corner of your room can suffice as long as you know that when you are there you are working. Having your space well carved out will help you keep things organized and in turn help you maximize your work efficiency.

2. Computer: running a serious business in this time and age is virtually impossible without a computer most especially if you want to work remotely. When getting a computer, make sure that you do proper research so you can get one that meets the need of your business.

If you intend to have a mobile office alongside your home office, a laptop would be a better choice for you. Also, if your business will require you to have live video chats with your clients, it is advisable to get a computer with an inbuilt webcam to avoid having to buy one later as an accessory.

3. High-Speed Internet Access: having internet access is a must for everyone running a business. It gives you access to information, resources and clients that would otherwise have taken you a lot more time and energy to get access to.

The responsiveness of a business to its clients has been proven to be a major player in deciding whether the client stays or not. This means that getting high-speed internet access is even more important if you are working from home. You can't afford to lose a client because of a ‘break in communication'.

4. Software: running your business will require you to have and master the use of some software packages. Regardless of the nature of your job, there are software packages designed to make work easier.

Bookkeepers will need spreadsheet software while writers will need word editing software to name a few. You may prefer to get office packages containing different software that cut across different kinds of businesses, a good example is the Microsoft Office Package available from Soft Famous

5. Printer and Scanner: While this may not seem like an immediate need for your business, it will come in handy eventually. You will eventually need to scan, fax or print something, especially if you have to deal with contracts, forms or W9s.