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Overview

The number of people working from home, whether on a part or full time basis, has grown to nearly 50 million. There are many design books that take a decorative point of view for creating a home office, but there has yet to be a complete reference for home office users that covers topics from furniture selection to phone and fax lines. Set Up Your Home Office In a Weekend takes the complete approach to creating a home office by discussing everything from space needs to financial planning to software selection. Home office users will find coverage of such hot topics as setting up office space, selecting computer equipment, connecting to the world, and keeping track of the finances and records. Both the self-employed and small business owners will benefit from the information and resources found in this comprehensive reference.
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Whether you've already got a home office or you're planning to clear out some nook and set one up, here's your guide. Full of common sense, it covers all the issues you'll face, from ergonomics to equipment budgeting, choosing an Internet service provider to managing finances on your computer.

The book's premise is that you can get up and running completely in a weekend. OK, maybe you can't pick out your office chair the same weekend you plan your marketing strategy, but Faithe Wempen does offer a remarkably coherent plan for getting from Step A to Step Z at your own pace.

On Friday night, you'll do the necessary reality check: Is working home right for you? Saturday morning, set up your office space. Saturday afternoon, choose your computer equipment and related peripherals. Saturday evening, plan your connections to the world: your phone and fax services, mailing addresses, and so forth. On Sunday, you'll address the revenue side of the equation: finding customers, planning advertising and marketing, tracking the money you earn, and documenting your home office deduction should the IRS ever ask.

Wempen has a welcome talent for keeping things simple. Whether you're planning to run a global consultancy or a dog babysitting business, Set Up Your Home Office in a Weekend has the answers you're looking for. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761530541
  • Publisher: Premier Press
  • Publication date: 9/7/2000
  • Series: In a Weekend Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Friday Night: The Work-at-Home Plan
Why Work at Home?
Telecommuting versus Your Own Business
It Isn't for Everyone
Take a Break
Establishing Your Plan
Where Will You Locate Your Office?
What Equipment Will You Need?
What's Your Budget?
How Will You Connect to the World?
How Will You Get and Keep Customers?
Getting Customers
Keeping Customers
How Will You Record Your Finances?
Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Can You Do It All Yourself?
Accountant
Bookkeeper
Legal Services
Computer Consultant
Web Designers
Advertising and Marketing Agencies
Moving On…
Saturday Morning: Setting Up Your Office Space
Is It Legal?
How Is My Property Zoned?
What Is Allowed in My Zone?
Choosing Your Office Space
Space Requirements
Remodeling to Create Office Space
Environment Requirements
Media Jacks
Proximity to Family Acivities
Tax Considerations
Floor and Window Coverings
Storage Possibilities
Understanding Ergonomics
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Eye Strain
Back and Neck Problems
Take a Break
Selecting Office Furniture
Desk
Computer Workstation
Desk Chair
File Cabinets
Other Storage Units
Where to Buy Office Furniture
Design and Decor
Lighting Your Work Area
Controlling Noise
Improving Air Quality
Moving On . . .
Saturday Afternoon: Selecting Computer Equipment
Why Do You Need One?
PC or Mac?
What's Inside a Typical Computer?
Processor
Memory
Hard Disk
CD-ROM
Other Drives
Video Card
Peripheral Devices
Choosing Input Devices
Keyboard
Mouse
Bar-Code Reader
Scanners
Digital Cameras and Video-Capture Devices
Choosing a Monitor
Choosing a Printer
Printer Technology
Ink-jet
Laser
Dot Matrix
Other Printer Types
Multifunction Printers
Printer Speed
Color Printing
Print Quality
Fonts and PostScript
Printer Memory
Paper Handling
Choosing Multimedia Support
Choosing a Modem
Choosing Network Components
Take a Break
Your Business Type Determines Your Needs
The Basic Computer System
The Graphics System
The Portable System
The High-Performance System
Comparing Computer Brands
Reliability
Flexibility in Ordering
Standardized Parts
Technical-Support Considerations
Warranty
Where to Buy Computer Equipment
Setting Up Your Computing System
Choosing Business Software
Office Suite
Accounting Software
Business-Planning Software
Desktop-Publishing Software
Internet Software
Moving On...
Saturday Evening: Your Connections to the World
Telephone
How Many Lines?
Do You Need a Business Line?
Do You Need a Data Line?
Do You Need a Toll-Free Line?
Do You Need a Cellular Phone or Pager?
Step 1: Choose a Cellular Service Provider
Step 2: Choose a Phone
Step 3: Choose a Service Plan
Standard or Muitifunction Phones?
Business Telephone Etiquette
Answering the Phone
Working with Answering Machines and Voice Mail
Reducing Unwanted Phone Solicitations
Mail
Where Will You Receive Your Mail?
Using Overnight Delivery Services
Marketing Your Business through the Mail
Reducing the Amount of Junk Mail You Receive
Faxes
Stand-Alone Fax or Computer Fax/Modem?
Fax Machine Features
Dedicated Fax Line for a Stand-Alone Fax?
Faxing Software for Fax-Modems
Setting Up a Fax-Back System
Take a Break
Internet
Choosing an Internet Service Provider
Dial-Up Modem Service
ISDN
DSL
Cable
Satellite Internet
All About America Online
Managing Your Time Online
Using Search Engines
Sending Business E-mail
Avoiding Junk E-mail
Setting Up a Web Site
Finding a Web Host
Getting Your Own Domain Name
Creating Your Web Site
Marketing with E-mail
For More Information
Moving On...
Sunday Morning: Getting Business
Developing a Business Plan
What Business Are You In?
What Is Your Long-Term Vision?
Who Are Your Customers?
How Will You Make Money?
What Do You Need to Do?
Establishing Your Work Ethic
Motivating Yourself to Work
Avoiding Procrastination
How Will You Derail Distractions?
What Will Be Your Company Philosophy?
How Will You Handle Problems?
Take a Break
Printed Materials That Say Who You Are
Color Scheme
Logo
Font
Business Cards
Stationery
Advertising: Let's Get Some Business!
Print Publications
Internet Ads
Radio and TV Ads
Marketing: Becoming a Household Name
Free Publicity in Local Papers
Local Professional Organizations
Free Seminars
Donations and Sponsorships
Pens, Mugs, and Other Giveaways
Sponsoring Contests and Sweepstakes
Moving On...
Sunday Afternoon: Finances and Record Keeping
Doing Business As…
Small Business Banking
Can I Use My Existing Checking Account?
Selecting a Bank
Online Banking
Selecting a Bank Account Type
Personal Account
Basic Business Account
Interest-Bearing Checking
Package of Business Services
Keeping Banking Costs Low
Home Office Record Keeping
Choosing Accounting Software
What Records Should I Keep?
Protecting Your Intellectual Property
What Protection Do You Need?
Checking Existing Records
Securing Your Patent, Trademark, or Copyright
Tax Planning
Quarterly Tax Filing
Client Tax Requirements
Employees versus Independent Contractors
Record Keeping for Tax Deductions
Deducting Home Office Expenses
Establishing Your Right to Claim a Home-Office Deduction
Why Deduct Home-Office Expenses?
Or Perhaps Not…
Direct versus Indirect Expenses
Calculating Your Deduction
Often-Overlooked Business Deductions
Depreciating Capital Equipment
Should You Incorporate?
Partnerships
Corporations
Regular Corporations
S-Corporation
Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)
Forming Your Corporation
Holding Corporate Meetings
Corporate Bylaws
Do You Take Credit Cards?
Getting Affordable Insurance
Homeowner or Renter Insurance
Health Insurance
Disability Insurance
Waiting Period
Chosen Profession
Duration of Benefits
Partial Benefits for Part-Time Work
Guaranteed Renewability
Inflation Protection
Guaranteed Future Insurability
Premium Waiver After Disability
Return of Premium
Business Liability Insurance and Bonding
Your Retirement Plan
Congratulations!
Appendix A: Home Office Online Resources
Accounting
Advice
Auctions
Banking
Business Plans
E-Commerce
Finding Clients
Government
Internet
Legal
Marketing
Online Storage
Organizations
Publications
Reference Library
Shipping
Shopping
Small Business
Taxes
Telecommunications
Telecommuting
Appendix B: A Concise Guide to Schedule C
Boxes A through H
Part I: Income
Part II: Expenses
Part III: Cost of Goods Sold
Part IV: Information on Your Vehicle
Part V: Other Expenses
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2002

    An Entrepreneurs Must Read

    I was skeptical when I saw the title of this book I had been searching for many years for the right match. I have been doing businesses on the side since the age of seventeen and I believe that now is the time to get serious. In my search through the library resource I stumbled upon at least eight books before I got to this one. This book is concise and to the point. A wealth of resources and a fantastic reference book. This book is a keeper. Arlene Whiting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    Handle the Nitty-Gritty Details of Setting Up a Home Office

    I'm the author of over 50 books on computer hardware and software, and I run a home-based business called Your Computer Friend that specializes in PC training and troubleshooting for residential customers. I wrote this book to compile all the lessons I learned the hard way when setting up my own home office and freelance business 6 years ago. Sure, everything's running smoothly NOW, but back then I wish someone had been there to help me choose office furniture, buy a fax machine and a PC, set up an accounting system, decide whether to take credit cards, and hold my hand through that first agonizing Schedule C tax form. <p> This is a book about setting up a home office, from a very practical standpoint. You'll learn how to evaluate desks and chairs, how to estimate your computer equipment needs, what kind of window treatments are best for various purposes, and how to find out whether your neighborhood is zoned for home business use. But there is also substantial coverage of the everyday practicalities involved in setting up the 'thinking' side of the business, like what tax forms you'll need, what your accounting and incorporation options are, what kind of equipment is necessary to take credit cards, and dozens of other little details that might not have even occurred to you. I also present some of the tips and tricks that have worked for me for staying motivated, getting repeat business, and derailing distractions while being at home all day.

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