Starting a home business is a big undertaking. There are key elements to properly set up a home business. If anything is forgotten or left out it could make starting the business difficult or impossible. The following are key elements that every home business owners needs to have in place before actually starting their business.
The Computer System
Every home business owner knows they need a computer. Most home businesses operate the majority of the time on the internet, so a computer is essential. The computer should be as up to date as possible with at least word processing and database programs. Virus protection is also recommended to keep the computer safe and to prevent possible problems. Having a printer is also a good idea so important papers and documents can be printed easily. A scanner may also be appropriate in some cases. All hardware and software should be the latest versions the business owner can afford.
As mentioned, most home businesses operate online, so an internet connection is important. For ultimate speed and reliability a high speed connection is the best choice. High speed connections allow large amounts of data to be uploaded and downloaded quickly. High speed internet connection save time, which means saving money for the time conscious home business owner. If a dial up connection is the only connection a business owner can get or afford then the fastest one should be chosen.
Even though a lot of work may be done online, a phone is still an important business tool. The phone is a great way for a business owner to stay connected with suppliers, customers and employees. If the business owner has a dial up connection then two phone lines are a must. It is also good for a business owner to have two phone lines irregardless of internet connection so that one can be completely dedicated to the business.
Any business, whether at home or not, needs a filing system to keep track of invoices, payroll records, order records and other important information. A filing cabinet is preferred, but if not at least some boxed filing system should be maintained.
These are the four basic things that are needed to set up a home business office. If any of these things are missing then there could be lost information or inefficiency in how the business works.