The nice thing about having an online business is you can run it from anywhere in the world. The most common place though is in your home. In my case, it’s right out of my bedroom.
My desk sits right next to my bed, which consists of my brand new laptop (had another one but sold it 2 months ago), a 200 GB external hard drive, suround-sound speakers, a head-set w/microphone, a web cam and drawers full of writing utencils and books to read. At the end of my bed is a printer I often use when I make any purchase online (tax purposes). I’ll talk more about this tomorrow.
But with the feedom of your career also comes the challenges. Everyday afterwork, I face the decision of popping in a movie and relax or get back to business so I could continue bringing in the dough. I sometimes compromise with myself and do both at the same time. This might sound like it’s a time management problem but the cold hard fact is it’s a space control problem.
One thing I didn’t mention is the TV and X-box is just on the other side of the room and the remote is on a shelf next to my desk. With it being so convenient, it is now a critical distraction to my business. I still think my work space is next to perfect considering my condition because of the few rules I follow.
Location: I am limited to this very room and this very desk. You might be in the same situation or you may have a little more freedom. You can have a whole ‘nother room as a work space but all you need is a well organized desk. If you do have more freedom than me then choose a comfortable area that will keep you away from distractions.
Equipment: Make a list of all possible accessories you may need for your online business. If you have a business like mine all you really need is a computer – the rest are additional equipment to help facilitate my online business. My external hard drive, for example, is here to backup all my data in case I ever fall into a nasty crash. My web cam is sometimes used for video conferencing or just a training video. My headset is used to record audio in my desktop training videos… so on and so forth. I make sure the things I have on my desk are essentials for my online business.
Personalize: Nothing makes your desk for personal than pictures. I have pictures of my wife and I in as many places as I could. I love her like crazy and I want to show all visitors that I am. I also want to be able to look anywhere and see her whether my eyes are open or closed. Personal touches make you feel more comfortable and relaxed. That’s why if you ever worked at a desk job you’ll see people (maybe even you) have pictures of their family, pets, cars, posters of other things and so on. Though you’re running a business you don’t have to be away from your family.
Clean and Tidy: There’s nothing like starting the day with a clean desk. Try to get in the routine of either cleaning your desk at the end of the day, or doing a 5-minute tidy first thing in the morning. By having a place for everything and everything in its place, it’s easy to stay organized.
Lighting: Don’t skimp on lighting. In addition to creating ambiance in the room, proper lighting keeps you from straining your eyes. I luckily have a desk with a lamp built into it and it suffices my need completely. It’s also fortunate because it doesn’t take up any additional space, which leaves more room for my other accessories.