If you're one of the 39 million people who have made the decision to work at home, here's some advice on setting up a successful home office. Whether you're a telecommuter, linked to your employer by a computer and a modem, self-employed on a full- or part-time basis, or a person who brings work from the office, you may have a home office for similar reasons:
Here's what to consider when setting up an office:
- to meet your need for a more flexible lifestyle;
- the increasing information-intensive nature of your work allows your job to be done virtually anywhere;
- fewer barriers exist to setting up a home office, particularly the lower cost of equipment; and
- the increasing awareness among corporations and employees about the benefits of working at home.
Some of the keys to working at home successfully are to keep regular company hours, spend a little extra to reflect a business image and choose products and services to deliver applications that make work life easier and affordable.
- choose one area of the house and stick to it;
- pack plenty of function into a small area by creating a workstation that lets you do a lot at one time. Remember, there should be a ten-inch space between you and your computer keyboard. The keyboard should be two to three inches lower than the standard 29-inch desk height.
- Keep the computer screen ten to 15 inches from your eyes. You'll need a comfortable chair with good back support; storage space with bookshelves and/or file cabinets; soft-subdued lighting for computer work; and brighter light for reading and writing. You'll also need a phone system, computer, modem and accompanying hardware.
One product many consider for a home office is the HP OfficeJet Series 300 printer/fax/copier/scanner. The all-inclusive unit integrates the most common office features while providing space savings and affordability. The OfficeJet offers high-quality inkjet printing to produce documents with sharp black text, compatible with output produced at work. These products can print up to three pages per minute and offer 600 x 300 dpi resolution, plain-paper faxing, a 300 dpi scanner for scanning and copying of text, line art, and signatures.
The company also offers an HP CopyJet and CopyJet M color printer-copiers, the first products to integrate color printing and copying in one affordable and convenient unit for workgroups. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com. (NAPSI)
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