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Work: At Home (Freelance Or Your Own Business)

What Will I Need To Be Able To Work From Home?

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In order to work from home, you will need to set up a home office that permits you to do your job as well as people who work in an office. A list of basic needs follows:

  • Telephone
    • A dedicated work line -- which could be a mobile phone if you get good, secure reception. 
    • If you use a landline, an answering machine or a service in case you are not available.
    • Either a call waiting feature or understand that callers will get a busy signal when you are on the line.
  • You will likely need a computer sufficient to run a variety of programs, high speed internet access, and a video cam for some meetings. Depending on your needs, this could be a desk top, a lap top or possibly even a tablet or other mobile computing device.
  • Possibly a video camera, microphone and speakers for video calls and conferences.
  • Unless you are computer savvy, someone to maintain the computer and software for you.  When vetting people to take care of your computer, look at:
    • Expertise
    • Whether they have experience working with small businesses
    • How fast they can respond to emergencies. 
    • Whether they insist on coming to your house or can work remotely over the internet through such free connectiions as LogMeIn. offsite link
  • Office basics such as a desk, chair, and filing cabinet . You may also need the ability to scan and send and receive faxes.   (If you only would use a fax machine on rare ocassions, consider faxing through a web site such as offsite link rather than purchasing a machine and/or setting up a separate phone line.)
  • You will need a quiet place, free from intrusion, where you can set up a home office.


  • Be sure you consider the effect that other people, such as children, loved ones, or roommate(s), may have on your ability to work from home.
  • Consider getting a separate business phone line. A separate phone line will not only allow you to keep a better accounting of business related phone charges, it will also allow you to ignore business calls at the end of your work day.

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