This is not the Karate Kid performing the Crane kick down at the beach with Mr. Miyagi, nor is it meditating like a Buddhist monk high in the mountains of Tibet. The word Zen gets thrown around all over the place; think of all the books labeled “The Zen of Blank”. I do not wish to take a heavily used word like Zen and attach it to something that people will take and alter their life, consciousness, or spiritual understandings. No, I am going to use the word Zen how it was meant to be used and apply it to a specific aspect of life that we all deal with on a 9-5 basis, 5 days a week – Work.
Get a drop-leaf table which can be folded away when not in use. Opt for office furnitures that can fold up and roll out of the way when not in use. Think vertical. Get tall and lean bookcases, and put baskets of small items and papers on the top.
The temperature of the room should be adequate enough for you to work seamlessly and comfortably. Better install heating and cooling systems and set up windows to let some light stream into the room. Good ventilation is the key to a more productive day.
Setting up a home office is really not as hard as you think. First you need to evaluate what you need in your office, so you can see what Reception desks Cape Town you will need. What equipment do you use on a daily basis for your work? If you have any special equipment, you will have to make provisions for it. Otherwise, there are a few standard things that should be present in a professional home office. Some standard equipment includes: printer, scanner, fax machine, computer, and a telephone. You can find some pretty snazzy office furniture that could easily accommodate three or four appliances at a time. Your computer desk itself may have space for your printer, fax machine, and telephone.
Filing cabinets and bookshelves – Again, depending on your profession, these may or may not be necessary. I always kept a dictionary and thesaurus handy, but you can put those on your desk instead of a bookshelf and use your desk drawers for files instead of buying a filing cabinet.
Don’t sweat the small stuff works, unless the small stuff are office supplies and they are taking over your space! If your desk is overrun with paperclips, post-its, pins, pens, highlighters, stickers, and other small essentials you need to get a system in place to keep them both separated and contained. The good news is there are a couple fast DIY containers you can put in place.
As a small business, you probably won’t have retailers bending over backward to get your business, but that’s okay. Going direct to the manufacturer’s websites can often give you the same prices the ‘big guys’ get without having to prove yourself first. It’s always a good idea as well to start building good credit as soon as you can so that your application will pass when you’d like to begin using purchase orders. The privilege of being able to send a purchase order (which is basically a written guarantee that you’ll pay for whatever you’re buying so the company will process your order prior to you actually paying for it) only comes with good credit, which is priceless.