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If you don't have all the required essentials for a home office, the dream of working from home can quickly turn into a nightmare having a detrimental affect on your health, happiness and productivity.

Your home office should be a place where you feel comfortable doing your best work day after day.

More and more people are working from home.

Home office desk with a view.Statistics show that in 2015, 24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home. The share of workers doing some or all of their work at home grew from 19 percent in 2003 to 24 percent in 2015.

As you begin to set up your home office, don't be surprised to find yourself running around in circles before you're able to focus your efforts and create an office that will help you work productively.

Home Office Furniture Checklist

Here is a checklist to help you develop a well-rounded yet streamlined list of what you actually need in your home office.

Check the items you absolutely need, and circle the items you may eventually want to add to create a prioritized list of your home office essentials.

  • Set up a room or space for a traditional desk where you can create an ergonomically correct workstation. If you need to get creative,(no or low budget) you can make a table, counter or other flat surface work.
  • Invest in a comfortable chair. It is one of the most important parts of an efficient home office. Ergonomics and comfort do count when it comes to sitting, so make sure you can test out a chair or return it if ordering online.
  • An ergonomic home office must include having adequate lighting levels. Using lighting that makes it hard to read can cause headaches and eye strain from squinting. These are not issues you want to deal with.
  • With VoIP technology - (Internet-based phone services), and even mobile phones, you may not need a traditional landline phone, but access to some phone service is usually necessary when working from home.
  • Very few small business owners have the ability to work from home without a computer. Research so you can select a computer that meets your specific needs. Consider a laptop if you intend to create a mobile office as well as a home office.
  • If you have a desktop computer, you definitely need a monitor. It can also be useful (and better for your neck) to have a monitor you can plug into your laptop. Dual monitors may also be worth your consideration, depending on the type of work you do.
  • To work efficiently online, a broadband connection is essential.
  • Many small business owners simply need access to word processing, spreadsheets, and email management applications, while others need additional software that is specific to their business needs. Make a list of the software you will need to run your home office.
  • Often overlooked is a surge protector. It should be a staple in any home office that uses computer equipment.
  • You may think you can get away without having a printer, but there may be situations when you need to scan, fax and even make copies. If this is fairly common in your business, look into multipurpose machines that can manage all of these tasks.
  • Once you're setup and running from your home office, what's your plan for backing up and protecting your data? External drives are relatively affordable and can save your business in the case of computer failure. You can also use cloud-based backup services to copy your files automatically.
  • My all time highly recommended piece of home office equipment is a UPS. (uninterrupted power supply) A UPS provides backup power for a limited time in case your electricity goes out. A UPS can provide you with useful buffer time to save your work and safely shut down your equipment. Being in a geographical area where there are either power interruptions or surges, I've had to replace equipment more than once before picking up a UPS.
  • Even if you plan to have a 'paperless' office, there will always be some hard copy documents you need to hang on to. A file cabinet is the best place to store these documents, and still be able to find them later.
  • Speaking of storage, where will you keep pens, sticky notes, paper, folders, ink, business cards and other office supplies? Consider buying shelving or a bookcase to store those unused items in your home office.
  • On the topic of storage, consider using a fire-safe box to store and protect your most important business paperwork. Many home office workers also use these durable boxes to keep backup copies of their data.
  • A shredder is a must have for destroying sensitive and confidential information in your business as well as your personal life. Avoid the dangers such as identity theft.

Depending on the work you do and the available space in your home, there will certainly be other items you need or want. Using this checklist will get you started towards creating a streamlined and efficient home office.