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How To Keep Your Home Office Safe

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Working from home comes with its own host of concerns. You need to find a quiet place to work, supply your own materials and equipment, and learn to manage your own time. Another concern that not many people consider is how to keep your home office safe. This could mean protecting sensitive information, keeping your kids away from your computer, or even just being prepared for an emergency. If you’re going to be working from a home office, use the following tips to keep it safe.

Use A Separate Room

If you have the space in your home, it’s a good idea to put your office in a separate room. Not only with this make it easier for you to concentrate, but it will be easier to keep everything safe if it is in a room that is not frequently used for other purposes. Consider turning your spare bedroom into an office, rather than just setting up a computer at your kitchen table. A garage or basement will also work, provided you can work comfortably in these spaces.

Locks and Safes

One basic safety precaution you can take is installing locks on the doors (and windows), and using a safe to store any sensitive materials. A lock on the door will help to keep people out when you’re trying to work, and if you get a separate set of keys, you can keep it locked when you’re away from the room too. This is perfect for working mom’s who have kids running around, when you don’t want them to get into your things when you’re not looking.

Safes are also relatively affordable, and come in all shapes and sizes. If you have some things vital to your business that you don’t want to risk getting stolen, installing a simple safe in your office is a good idea.

Security System

If you want to take your security to another level past locks, consider installing a security system. A comprehensive security system will protect your entire home, alert the police if someone tries to break in, and allow you to monitor your home and office while you’re away.

Before you choose a security company to install a system for you, it’s a good idea to do a little research on them. Find out as much as you can about each company, and ensure they are reliable and reasonably priced. For example, if you wanted to hire Alder Home Security, you might check out Alder Home Security’s Facebook page to see what kind of products and security services they provide. If you’re going to be spending money on a security system, you owe it to yourself to make sure it’s going to be a good one.

Backup Generator

If your home loses power, you don’t want to lose the ability to do your work, or lose important files that you didn’t get a chance to back up. Installing a backup generator in your home can be a great convenience in this scenario, as it allows your home to have a little bit of power until the problem is fixed. You can check out this article for more information on installing a backup generator.

Emergency Preparedness

No matter how many precautions you take, an emergency can still happen. When it does, you’ll want to be prepared. Most office buildings take care of this for you – alerting the police, having fire safety systems installed, or having first aid gear handy. When you work from home, you need to do all of this yourself. Have a fire extinguisher handy, and a first aid kit nearby. It’s also a good idea to have all of your important documents backed up on a flash drive that you can easily take with you in the case of an emergency.

You should also discuss with your family what to do in case of an emergency. Go over with your kids basic first aid, and how to call the police for help. If there’s a fire, everyone should know the exits and where to meet up outside.

The More Precautions, The Better

When it comes to your home office, you can never be too careful. You’re spending a lot of your time building up your business, and working hard – you don’t want to have that damaged because of something at home. Take a look at the most vital parts of your business, and think of ways to safeguard it against an accident. We hope the above list was able to give you some ideas, and your business won’t be harmed because of something out of your control.

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10 Tips to Creating the Ideal Home Office

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10 Tips to Creating the Ideal Home Office

10 Tips to Creating the Ideal Home Office

Home offices are more common than ever. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of home-based businesses in the U.S. exceeds 18.3 million businesses. Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 70% of home-based businesses succeed for at least a three-year period (compared to 29% outside the home business ventures).

But there are inherent challenges that come with a home office. Distractions, difficulty in separating work from personal life, and creating a true “professional” feel are just a few. You should put careful thought and planning in when creating a home office, and if you already have one, there are ways in which you can increase your productivity and the all-important revenue!
Here are some tips on creating and maintaining an efficient, comfortable, profitable and professional home office.

  1. If at all possible, have a separate entrance to your office. Otherwise, choose a room near the front or back door of your house or apartment. To keep the business and personal aspects of your life apart, separate your office from the living areas of your home. Should your office be part of another room, divide it from the rest of the room with a screen or several large plants.
  2. Before entering your office in the morning, take a short walk, and then take another one at the end of your workday. This separates the business and personal aspects of your life. Try to also keep your household business (e.g., paying bills, managing your home) separate.

  3. If your home office does not have a window, brighten the room with yellow paint, bright lights, and pictures of the outdoors. If your home office is in the basement, paint the walls and ceilings bright white, and create as much light as possible with bright lighting. Install a fan to get energy flowing. Ideally, of course, the best place for your home office is in the front of the house to take advantage of the flow of energy.
  4. Don’t place your desk under a window, but let the light reflect on it from the side. Some people prefer to have their desks facing east. Leave a 7- to 9-inch gap between your furniture and the walls.
  5. If you have clients coming to your home office, it is best they use a separate entrance from that used by your family. By so doing, your clients can enter without passing through your living space. Clients who walk through your living space before getting to the office are likely to make a subtle shift away from the focus of business, and their confidence in your professionalism may subconsciously be diminished.
  6. Keep the laundry, cooking, and all such other related errands for after designated working hours. Set specific hours and stick to them. They can be different every day, but create a working schedule. Make your family and friends aware of your work areas, advise them of the rules you have set for yourself, and ask them to respect these decisions.
  7. When finished working, make every effort to close the door, leave your business, and return to home life. This means you should ignore the office phone ringing or the urge to run in and check to see if an important email came through.
  8. Keep television out of your office, unless you need it for your job. TV is generally associated with relaxation and leisure, not work.
  9. When sorting your mail, bring only that related to your business into your office; put your personal mail in another room.
  10. Avoid working in the center of your home, in a nook underneath the stairs, basement, and not next to a bathroom. Such areas can reduce the “real office” feel you need to ensure productivity.

Judy Smith, who works from a home office, has more than 30 years experience in marketing and created one of the largest direct mail businesses in Pennsylvania. She is the author, with her brother Dan Smith, of the new book, Business Mojo: Achieving Success Through Mystical Exploration.

For more information, please visit www.businesssuccessbook.com, www.jmaustin.com or www.smithpublicity.com.

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5 Reasons You Aren’t Making Money Online

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Why you aren’t making money online

 
Every year more and more people are coming online to become the next internet millionaire. They have high expectations and think they will be making money in no time. Well, if you are one of those people, I am going to give you 5 reasons why you aren’t making money online so you can save yourself a lot of time and embarrassment.

1) No Ambition

You are trying to find a way to do nothing all day and still make money. Good luck with that! It’s not going to happen. If it was really that easy then everyone would do it and we would all be rich. Yes, there is such a thing as passive residual income, but it takes a lot of time and hard work before you can reap the rewards of that.

2) You Have a Lot to Learn

You might have graduated from Harvard at the top of your class but that doesn’t mean you know anything about making money online. Learning about all the various ways to make money online in addition to the many internet marketing strategies, and everything else involved with running an online business isn’t going to happen overnight. There’s a steep learning curve involved before you can become successful.

3) You Need a Mentor (or a better one)You either don’t have anyone successful to mentor you, or you are currently listening to the wrong person. There are several internet marketing gurus and A-list bloggers that beginners always seem to find somehow. The only problem is the majority of them don’t actually teach you anything useful about how to make money online. And if they do they expect you to pay astronomical amounts of money for a small amount of their time, or buy their new products that they come out with
constantly.

If you really want to learn how to make money online you must follow people that will give you useful information without trying to sell you a new product every week. Find someone who truly wants to help you and see you succeed. Yes, you might have to pay them for their time. They need to make a living too, but you shouldn’t have to pay insane amounts of money for very little in return. There are also plenty of internet marketers who give out all the information you need for free on their
blogs.

4) You Aren’t Listening

When you are actually given quality useful information by someone who truly knows internet marketing, you don’t listen to them for whatever reason. In order to be successful at making money online, you need to listen when other successful people give you useful advice. Don’t just shrug it off because it can be the difference between success and failure.

5) You Have No Patience

You’re trying to get rich quick and that is a losing battle. There are a few ways to make money online fast but most of them are unsustainable and only bring in small amounts at a time. Certainly not the amount of money you can make a living from. You need to realize right away that earning a living on the internet is an uphill marathon, not a downhill dash. There are very few rare exceptions to this rule so chances of you being the one are slim to none. If you don’t have a lot of patience you will get frustrated and quit.

Don’t take this article personally. The point of it is to explain some top reasons why many people are unable make money online even though they come into it with the best of intentions. Avoid getting sucked into these pitfalls and you will have a much better chance at becoming one of the success stories who are able to make their living online!

About the author:

Trent Brownrigg has been teaching aspiring entrepreneurs such as yourself ways to make money online with your own internet business for several years. Visit one of his websites at http://intmktr.com to learn more.



 

 

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