Working from home in Australia may seem like an ideal situation, but it also has its disadvantages. For example, unlike when you work for a large company, when you work from home you have to buy all your own supplies. You have to make sure your office is well-equipped, and you have to make sure all your equipment is running. This can add up to big business expenses.
Plus, when you’re working from home, it’s very easy to get distracted, which is why you need certain safeguards to make sure that you stay on task until the daily work is done.
If you want to have a successful home-based business in Australia, here are the things you need:
1. A designated office space: You need an area in your home that is for nothing but work. If you don’t have a separate room to turn into your office, set up your office in the quietest room in your home. Set up a 10×10 work area, and remove all non-work-related things from that area. Make sure all distractions are out of sight, and keep workspace clutter at a minimum. This will make it much easier to stay on target.
2. A comfortable chair: Don’t underestimate the importance of a comfortable chair. If your business is going well, you’re probably going to end up spending anywhere between 8-12 hours per day sitting in your office chair. So make sure it’s good. Otherwise, you’ll be easily distracted, and you’ll always be looking for excuses to get up and do something else.
3. An up-to-date computer: You don’t have to go out and spend thousands of dollars on the latest computer and software. But you do need a computer that is fast and powerful enough to enhance your work. You should at least try to be up to the standard. What types of computers/software are your clients and competitors using? Try to be on the same level.
4. Reliable communication devices: It goes without saying that you need a reliable internet connection. But you also need a working phone and, ideally, a fax. You may communicate through email 99% of the time, but when exceptions come up, it’s good to be prepared.
5. Office supplies: Don’t neglect the old non-computerized office needs. Again, you may not use them all the time, but it’s good to have them. Have plenty of writing utensils, notebooks, notepads, folders, and anything else that may come in handy for your business. To reduce clutter, store these things in a file cabinet or on an organized shelf.