How to Equip Your Home Office

Working from home is growing more popular each and every year. Advancements in technology have made it easier than ever before for the nation's workers to login from their home environment.

While working from home has its advantages, one notable disadvantage concerns the furniture. A cubicle or office at an office building comes fully furnished at the employer's expense, while a home office typically must be furnished entirely by the employee. Those about to furnish their home office should consider the following tips.

* Don't overdo it. Home offices need not be as crowded as the standard office building office. In today's computer age where most files are stored electronically than in file cabinets, a home office does not have to be filled with numerous file cabinets, shelving units or tons of drawer space. When working from home, especially when working from home only part-time, the office does not have to be fully stocked. The essentials will probably do the trick.

* Be flexible with choice of desk. A desk for a home office can be effective whether it's a folding table or an aesthetically appealing oak desk. Oftentimes, the individual will know what he or she needs. For example, an architect will need a larger desk to spread out blueprints while a writer might be fine working on a smaller desk because he or she does not need much more than a computer.

* Be choosy with the chair. Employers often look for chairs that discourage slouching and will keep workers comfortable and productive throughout the day. People working from home should also be choosy when finding a workday chair. Cost should not be a major consideration. Instead, comfort should take precedence or it could have adverse effects on an individual's health over the course of time. Also, be sure the arms of the chair fit under the desk.

* Install a second phone line. It's not ideal to rely on an existing home phone line as the primary means of contact for work. Family or friends might call and force workers to miss important work-related phone calls. Many employers provide a phone line connected to the actual office where the business is located. However, they do not often expect workers to have a work-specific line at their home.