Setting Up Your Home Office

With the increasing popularity of the Internet more and more people are setting up home offices. Networking makes it possible for many workers to perform their tasks online in the comfort of their own homes. According to a report, issued in 2004, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 20 million people did at least some of their work at home. About 7 million of these people were self employed, most of whom worked full time at home. Chances are you may have a home office yourself or you are making plans to organize one. Creating a useful and comfortable office depends upon understanding your own particular needs and comparing all your options. You don’t want to make costly mistakes by buying the wrong furniture and accessories. What sort of peripherals will you be needing to use? How much room do you have to devote to your home office? The best situation is when you can devote a room to be used solely for your office. If you aren’t lucky enough to have an entire room that you can convert into an office you may still be able to establish a permanent location for your office area. Perhaps you can use a corner in the dining or family room for your desk, chair and computer equipment. Often times people will try to get by using a standard table or an old fashioned desk. These types of furniture are just not designed for use with computers. Modern computer desks include such features as a slide out keyboard tray, a monitor arm and an enclosed CPU holder. The slide out keyboard tray is an invaluable part of a computer desk. You can even get a keyboard arm that swivels. This gives you a wide range of positions so that you can adjust for a perfect angle. This feature alone will go a long way in reducing the strain on your neck and back. You also get the added bonus of having a lot more desktop space to work with. If you don’t have the space to set aside for a permanent office you can get a mobile computer cart. Computer carts are really great for situations where you are limited on space. You can wheel out your computer work station when you need it and then roll it back into a closet or other storage area when you are done. If you buy a computer cart make sure that it has independently adjustable platforms. This is so you will be able to arrange your CPU, peripherals and monitor in a way that is right for you. A good computer cart will also have rubber coated casters that roll smoothly and can be locked in place. However you decide to go with the location of your home office do not underestimate the importance of good quality furniture. If you plan to spend hours working at your desk you will want to be comfortable and relaxed as much as possible. Having a desk where everything you need is handy and a nice comfortable chair will reduce stress and tension and make your work better. Many people who work long hours at a keyboard develop a painful condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Having a properly adjusted keyboard tray greatly reduces your risks of developing carpal tunnel. Setting up a home office requires careful planning. Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to your comfort and your health.