F irst appeared in Fast Company magazine's June/July 1997 issue.
1 Get a second phone line. A second line will prevent incoming
calls from disrupting your Web cruising and emailing.
2 Stake out an office with a door. You might get cozy sitting in
the corner of your den, but you'll never get any work done.
3 Stay away from those fold-and-hide home-office kits - their
poor ergonomics will leave you neck-deep in chiropractors'
4 Spread your email address around and force people to send
email rather than faxes. Faxes result in additional costs for
paper and more stuff to file.
5 But forget the hype about the paperless office and buy more
filing cabinets than you think you'll need. A solid, albeit
unattractive, steel cabinet can be yours for $100. You'll use it.
6 Write down all your passwords. Security experts argue you
should never do this, but a growing amount of software and
Web sites require passwords. It's more likely that you'll forget
a password than have someone steal your cheat sheet.
7 Keep all tech-support numbers, warranty codes, and the
specifications for your office equipment in one place. It's a
sure bet that a vital piece of equipment will break down when
you can least afford to lose it.
8 Hire an accountant. An accountant will flag deductions you
should take, such as depreciation on your home office
9 Repeat after me: I will back up all my files once a week.
10 Get a comfortable chair - it's the most important piece of office
gear you'll buy. Your back will thank you.