The Birth of a Successful Internet Business --Tools of the Trade
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 success.
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
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
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
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
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 jobs.
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 software.
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
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:
• Pens • Pencils • Pencil Holder • Pencil Sharpener •
Address/Phone Book • Business Cards • Note Pads •
Envelopes • 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
About the Author:
Shelley Lowery is the author of the acclaimed web
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And, Ebook Starter – Give Your Ebooks the look and
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