A business center doesn't have to be elaborate. But, to be adequate it should...
- be located in a convenient, comfortable area of the home;
- provide necessary equipment, supplies, papers, records and references; and
- have good light.
You may be able to find space for a home business center in just about any room of your house. Ideally you would have a special room--an "office." But few' homes today are large enough for such luxury. Instead, consider a spare corner in the living room, dining room, a bedroom, kitchen or family room. You'll also need storage space for inactive records. That space might be in the attic, garage, basement, under a bed, on those hard-to-reach top closet shelves, under stairs or in the back of a deep closet.
Essential Large Equipment
- Ample, sturdy writing surface
- Sturdy, comfortable chair
- Storage space for current records and papers, equipment, supplies
This does not automatically mean you need a desk and file cabinet. You can use the dining room table as your writing surface and a nearby cabinet or chest for storage space. A desk and storage unit can be built into an unused closet. A plywood or hollow core door mounted on two two-drawer file cabinets provides both storage and writing surface. Or, you could use a new or remodeled standard office desk and file, or a combination desk and metal file unit.
Necessary Storage Space For:
- Small equipment and supplies (pencils, pens, paper clips, scissors, stationery, etc.), such as in a divided shallow drawer, divided tray or box, etc.
- Reference materials (telephone directory, address book, desk calendar, dictionary, catalogs, etc.).
- Important papers, records and documents.
- Temporary storage for incoming or unfinished transactions (bills to be paid, unanswered letters, etc.), such as a small box, basket, spindle or other device.
- An active file for current receipts, correspondence, bank statements, account books, etc. A small check file, a cardboard box that will hold manila folders, expanding manila envelopes, small portable metal files, a drawer in a desk, or a one-to-four drawer filing cabinet can all be used.
- An inactive file for storing certain important records and papers kept at home for future references or for permanent records other than those best kept in a safe deposit box. Make the inactive file the same size as the active file to help in transferring materials from one to the other.
Essential Small Tools and Supplies
|Paper clips, rubber bands||Pencil sharpener|
|Transparent tape||Stationery (personal and business)|
|Desk Calendar||Wastepaper basket|
Optional Small Tools and Supplies
You decide if these will earn their keep in valuable storage space!
|Glue or rubber cement||Sponge for moistening envelopes and stamps|
|Paper weights||Hole punch|
|Address book||Parcel post scale|
|Adding machine||Parcel post labels|