How to set up a productive home office

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So you’ve taken the leap into the world of ecommerce…

Here are the fundamental factors to consider when setting up your office that, when combined, make for a productive, well organised and inspiring work place.

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How to set up a productive home office

  1. 1. How  to  set  up  a   So  you’ve  taken  the  leap  into  the   world  of  ecommerce…    produc?ve  home   Here  are  the  fundamental  factors  to   consider  when  se:ng  up  your  office  office   that,  when  combined,  make  for  a   produc?ve,  well  organised  and   inspiring  work  place.     1  
  2. 2. The  space   1   Firstly,  think  about  where  your  space  is  going  to  be.    If  you  have  a  garage  or  separate  structure  to  your   house,  great!         Once  isolated  from  the  hustle  and  bustle  of  a  busy  household  you  can  hunker  down  and  get  to  work.         It’s  also  good  to  have  to  ‘go’  somewhere,  even  if  it’s  only  a  couple  of  metres  away.    Keep  work  separate  from   the  rest  of  home  so  when  you’re  done  at  the  end  of  the  day  you  can  turn  off  and  relax.     2   The  holy  trinity  of  your  office:  Desk,  chair,  computer   Desk,  chair,  computer.     Desks  are  the  easy  part,  find  a  flat  surface,  whether  it’s  new,  second  hand  or  even  something  like  a  trestle   table  will  do.    Make  sure  its  big  enough  and  high  enough  for  your  needs  and  you’ve  got  it  covered.         Chairs  are  very  important  as  you’ll  be  si:ng  for  long  periods  of  ?me.    Look  for  one  that  is  comfortable  but   more  importantly  has  support  and  encourages  good  posture.           Computers  are  personal  preference  and  the  influencing  factors  are  mul?tudinous;  size,  power,  mobility  and   design  should  be  taken  into  considera?on.  Most  importantly  make  sure  you  have  a  back-­‐up  plan,  are  your   files  protected?    Also,  if  you  have  a  complex  system  make  sure  you  know  how  to  fix  it.  If  you  have  orders  to   fulfil  you  don’t  want  to  have  to  wait  for  the  tech  guys  to  show  up.    ©  Alibaba.com  Hong  Kong  Limited  –  How  to  set  up  a  produc<ve  home  office   2    
  3. 3. Have  everything  at  your  finger?ps   3   As  men?oned  earlier  it  is  good  to  avoid  cluXer,  but  on  the  flip  side  do  not  get  caught  short.         Having  to  go  to  another  room  in  your  house  to  fetch  a  sta?onery  item  can  be  disrup?ve  to  your  work   flow  and  makes  you  suscep?ble  to  distrac?ons  outside  of  work.         Make  sure  you  have  everything  you  need  at  your  disposal  within  reach;  this  will  ensure  you  can  ‘keep   your  eyes  on  the  prize’.     4   Think  outside  the  square   Finally,  think  outside  the  square,  talk  to  your  accountant  or  look  into  your  tax  laws.         O[en  you  can  charge  all  of  the  above  back  into  your  business  for  tax  incen?ves  thus  saving  that  extra   dollar  to  invest  back  into  your  business.    ©  Alibaba.com  Hong  Kong  Limited  –  How  to  set  up  a  produc<ve  home  office   3    
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