What To Consider to Have the Best Home Office Setup for Productivity

Many people now want to work at home. It may happen that they start working at home or have a job at home.

The key to working in a home office is productivity, not functionality.

No matter which type of business you’re involved in, there are some things you need to do to succeed. Here is what to consider in order to have the best home office setup for productivity.

Home office setup essentials

Although starting your home business has its own challenges, most of them may be exciting!

Therefore, do not fail to create a home office to take care of business needs. This will help you deal with work at home and think of business outside your home.

Your office should be arranged in a way that makes working at home comfortable and effective.

There are many important factors that need to be integrated into your home office, such as securing all the equipment and furniture necessary to ensure the proper functioning of your business.

Starting your home office set up.

Start by working on the basics of configuring your office, and then you’ll take care of the specifics.

You’ll need to think about:

– In which part of the house should you set up an office? You must take into account the conditions of each area of the house. Make sure the location you decide on is a convenient place to deal with business issues.

– Use a quiet place at home. If you set your office away from the less distracting areas, it will increase efficiency. This is especially important if you have young children at home.

– Plan your office space. Just like anything else, a plan is recommended to help you organize steps and help you achieve your goals.

Space Plan

From here you can select the area you will use at home to create the office. This will help avoid sources of interference and is an important factor that can affect your decisions.

Make sure the space has enough light and air, away from any noise source.

Furniture and electronics should be arranged in such a way as to provide the space and resources you need. You are the head of your team on how to organize your office, so take this opportunity.

As a home office, you will not have to deal with huge walls or immovable furniture. Choose the elements that work together to achieve the desired level of organization.

Lighting is also an important factor in productivity, so make sure your office at home has plenty of natural light. Remember that you will spend most of your time in your office, so you should be comfortable.

You can decorate your desk however you like to make it work.

Home office equipment

To work efficiently, you will need some equipment in your office. Select the equipment you need for your company.

You will need communication tools such as the telephone line and fax machine. This is because you will have to contact other business people while working on your business.

The phone must be dedicated to your company, so separate it from your home phone, depending on your business line, you might need at least a printer and scanner.

Chair

The only thing you want to really invest in is a decent office chair.

You don’t want to risk injuring your back by sitting on an uncomfortable chair for a long time. You will also want to have the second chair available for someone else, where they can sit while visiting the “office”.

Computer

If you have a desk, a desktop computer is fine. However, if your desk is mobile, you may consider buying a laptop.

When you start a business, you want to have a computer with enough memory so you don’t have to switch computers after a short time.

Internet connection

Because businesses now mostly use modern communication technology, such as e-mail messages, you must also have an Internet connection.

Different communication systems will help you provide the most convenient communication methods for business partners as much as possible.

Office Supplies

At the very least, you must have a pen and a paper pad. The rest depends on the type of work you’re doing.

Of course, if you have to deal with an inventory, you will need space to store all your products.

If you’re a medium-sized company without physical inventory, but you sell products by phone, some containers will work well. Stacking containers on wheels is great.

Conclusion

You have decided to organize your new work life at home and be aware of what works and what does not work.

Try periodically adjusting your office layout and the order you perform daily tasks to find new ways to improve your daily performance.

Create a system to measure individual productivity and make changes or reorganize as needed.

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How To Organize Computer Cables And Wires

If you are like most people who use computers, you must have gone through the agony of dealing with spaghetti-like cables that hang loosely on the floor or on your working space.

Cluttered computer cables and wires could pose serious risks both to the machine as well as to the user. You may accidentally trip on them and as a result, you could suffer an injury or rip off the cable so much that you render it useless. 

And, even though these risks are not too common, one major drawback of cluttered computer wires is the unpleasant sight they cause. It is generally believed that a cluttered workspace impacts negatively on employee focus and concentration.

So, do you want your productivity to be impaired by a condition you can easily and effectively correct? I guess not so if you are wondering how to organize computer cables and wires, this article is for you.

First things first….Push Out Your Desk

Naturally, you need enough space to begin reorganizing your cables and wires. And there is no better way to create this space than push out your desk.

Turn the Power off

This is something you can easily do. When turning off the power, remember not to focus only on the switch but the power supply as well. 
You want to be sure you are not exposed to electric shock as you attend to the clutter.

Unplug all the Cables

After turning the power on, the next step is to unplug all cables from their respective units. Again, this is a no-brainer. However, chances are this is the first time you’re looking at the rear end of your computer hardware. 

In order to ensure you do not mess things up during reconnection, you need to study the CPU carefully and note down the connections as you unplug them. All in all, you need not to fret much as new-generation computers are so intuitively designed that most cables will only fit in their respective ports. 

Clean the Cables

Using a clean cloth, wipe off any dust, stains or sticky substances from the tables. While at it, be sure not to focus only on the central portions of the cables as opposed to their connection ends. 

When done with cleaning the cables, clean the area where they are normally spread i.e. the floor or your office desk.

Label all the Cables

Labeling the cables will help you in case they get tangled again in future. The best part is that you can use your own criteria to label them as long as it is a pattern you find easy to remember. You can label them based on the devices they share. For example, you can group together audio wires, those that take power to the monitor etc.

However, a simple strategy is to use numerical values or tapes of different colors. When using tapes, roll small portions of it around the 2 ends of each wire, ensuring you assign a specific color for each cable. If you do not have any colored tapes handy, you can improvise stick-ons by coloring them using marker pens of different colors.

Wind Your Cables

After labeling, wind the cables carefully and secure them neatly using zip tie. Another alternative to zip ties is the cable sleeves. One advantage with cable sleeves is that not only can you add semi-permanent cables on the sleeves, it is also much easier to add or remove cables as opposed to zip ties. Use your best judgment to ensure the cables are neither too tight nor too loose. 

When winding the cables, wind together those extra cables which you would not normally use on daily basis. For more bulky tissues, you can use empty tissue-rolls to bundle them up together. Also, you may consider winding them up in a manner that you shorten their length. This will greatly reduce cases of entanglement around your workstation.

TIP: If there is an invisible area around your workstation, ensure you hide most of the cables around that area. This way, the clutter will not be visible to everyone else but you. Focus on hiding those cables you do not often use, such as your phone charger.

Lastly….Reattach Your Cables

The last step is pushing your desk back and reconnecting the cables. Double check your connections and then turn on power. 

What are the highest paying IT jobs in the US?

Pay for IT jobs can vary wildly in every country.

Whether you’re a newly graduated IT student, or a seasoned PC vet, you’re probably wondering what your earning potential really is.

To find out, let’s look at this infographic, originally posted by Janbask Training that goes into detail about what you can earn depending on your job title.

All of these numbers are based on “entry level jobs” – but what is an entry level job? Entry level, literally means the level which you enter at on day one of the job. Entry level pay, is simply the annual salary you’re paid as agreed on the first day of the job.

The infographic shows that the highest paying entry level job by far is “Data Scientist”. This is likely because data scientists have the tough job of analyzing masses of data, and using it to form crucial decisions.

Next is the product manager, the person who manages and controls the quality of the end product. It’s this person’s responsibility to ensure that the finished product meets client expectations.

Then surprisingly, we have Salesforce Developers. If you don’t know, Salesforce is on of the largest CRMs (Customer Relationship Management) tools out there. Thousands of businesses rely on Salesforce to manage their sales process and customer relationships. The problem is, every business has different needs, and so Salesforce is an extremely malleable platform that can be tailored to suit a wide variety of needs. With this in mind, it makes sense that Salesforce developers would be high up the pay list, since their work secures the most important aspect of business – sales!

Next up is Mobile Developers – a job title that’s relatively new (well, everything in tech is relatively new when put in perspective). Mobile development is still a relatively untapped market, with a lot of demand for applications, and not enough developers to fill the gap. This pay grade is a simple case of supply and demand.

Engineers earn a fairly consistent amount, regardless of their specialty. Engineering is a less “current” but still extremely in demand job role. Technology may come and go, but we’ll (probably) always need engineers to facilitate it.

Designers come in behind the “coders” – which isn’t surprising, until you realize that designers are essentially artists. But since their art is treated as a commodity, is replicable, and isn’t tangible like a canvas painting, maybe it’s not so surprising that they aren’t worth as much to businesses as talented developers.

Lastly we have what I’d call the “anyone can do these” jobs. Most people would be capable of learning and executing roles in Sales, Marketing and QA in my opinion.

That’s everything in the infographic! Hopefully you find this useful, we definitely found it interesting.

Highest Paying entry level IT jobs in the USA

We found this infographic on InfographicWebsite.com

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