The Birth of a
Successful Internet Business
Part two of ten -- Tools of the Trade
By Shelley Lowery
An important part of
developing a successful Internet business is setting up your office
space. Whether you operate your business from an office building or out
of your home, having your own "space" is an essential part of your
Your office space should be used exclusively for your business and be
set up to best suit your needs.
Below, are some suggestions to assist you in setting up your office:
Desk and Chair
When selecting a desk for your office, make sure you get a desk that is
specifically designed for a computer. Computer desks provide plenty of
room for your monitor, a cabinet for your computer case, a shelf for
your printer, and a slide out shelf for your keyboard.
When selecting a chair for your desk, keep in mind, you'll be sitting in
this chair for many hours. Make sure it is very comfortable and that you
try it out before you buy it.
Take your time and select a desk and chair that you'll be very
comfortable with. If you don't, you may find that you're straining
yourself in one form or another (back, neck, arms, etc.), which will
result in poor work performance.
If you haven't purchased a computer, make sure you purchase one that
will grow with you. If you don't, you'll find that you'll either have to
upgrade your system or purchase another one a few years down the road.
In addition, make sure you purchase your computer from a reputable
company that will provide you with quality customer support.
When selecting a printer, you will basically have two options -- laser
or ink jet. You should select a printer depending on your needs. If
you'll be doing a large amount of printing and speed and high quality
are important, your best option will be a laser printer. Laser printers
produce better quality black text than most ink jet printers, and are
much faster. However, an ink jet will enable you to print in color,
which is a big advantage.
Another important consideration is the printer's resolution. The
resolution determines the print quality, and refers to the number of
dots per inch on a page -- the higher, the better. Most printers today
support a 600 x 600 dpi resolution that will produce a good quality for
most print jobs. Keep in mind, although a printer may support as high as
a 1200 x 1200 dpi (dots per inch), you most likely won't notice any
quality difference, when compared with a 600 x 600 dpi, with most print
A scanner will enable you to scan photographs and documents into your
computer. For example, if you'd like to place a photograph of yourself
or your products on your website, a scanner will make it possible.
With today's advanced technology, you can use your computer to send and
receive faxes. All you'll need is a telephone line, fax modem and
A digital camera will enable you to take pictures of your products, or
whatever you'd like, and transfer them into your computer. They provide
a great way to create your own images for your website or product
A business line will enable your customers to contact you. Even if
you're using your telephone line to connect to the Internet, most phone
services now offer voice mail. Voice mail will enable your callers to
leave a message while you're connected to the Internet. There are also
software programs and devices that will enable you to take calls while
you're connected to the Internet.
A filing cabinet will enable you to organize your paperwork such as your
receipts, tax information, and business records.
In addition to the basic office equipment, you'll also need to stock up
on some supplies:
• Pencil Holder
• Pencil Sharpener
• Address/Phone Book
• Business Cards
• Note Pads
• Printer Paper
• Ink Cartridges
• Log Books Files
• Excedrin Migraine, Motrin IB, Advil, Tylenol or whatever your favorite
headache medicine may be. You're going to need it:)
Take your time and set up your office according to your budget. Start
out with the essentials such as a computer and an Internet connection.
You can add additional equipment and supplies as you go.
Setting up your office space is an essential part of your success. Not
only will it designate a specific area as your business space, but it
will also provide you with some added motivation to work towards
accomplishing your dreams.
Copyright © Shelley Lowery
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