With more and more people turning their homes into home offices, more and more people are paying attention to something they never had to pay attention to: office furniture.
When choosing the right home office furniture, it's not just a matter of economics, although that undoubtedly plays a huge role, especially for a start-up home-based business. But today, with the potential to launch a successful business from the comfort of your living room, choosing office furniture should be done with an eye to your immediate and future business needs.
There are the obvious necessities, the majority driven by the one item that every home-based business man or woman cannot live without - the computer.
It's not just a matter of a simple desktop computer setup anymore. Nowadays, choosing computer office furniture also means you have to pick the desks and setups that have the necessary storage to hold the software, hardware and all the associated items, such as rewritable discs, printer paper and inks, removable drives, etc.
So, when you hit your local office furniture store, make sure you've first taken the time to draft a solid and well-thought out business plan. If expansion and growth is not in your future, it's still important to pick office furniture that allows for it, but rather than go all out for a fancy desk setup, pick some les expensive furniture that allows for ample storage but doesn't drain your budget. You can always upgrade when you make your first million. Also, aside from the computer, consider an L-Shaped desk setup. A good work area for writing and brainstorming is crucial.
One of the most important items of office furniture, because you will spend so much time in it, is the office chair. If you have a few coworkers, simple office chair setups will work just fine and will save money. If it's just you, spend the extra money to purchase a comfortable chair that is ergonomically designed. Because you will spend so much time in it, the proper investment in a good chair will not only do wonders for your back, but will make sitting down and tackling your workload much more enjoyable.
Though electronic storage has made the paperless office a possibility, hard copies of files and other important business papers are an inevitability. As a result, even a small, two drawer filing cabinet is an office furniture must. This can be setup in a closet to keep it out of the way, but can also be setup next to the computer and act as a desktop for your printer or fax machine.
Obviously, the amount and size of office furniture will depend on the amount of space you have and the amount of time you plan to spend. If you don't plan on being in your home office much, there is no need to spend a fortune on office furniture. Instead, get the basics.