The Perfect Home Office: Thriving and Making It Work

By Irvin V. Cantor

Deciding to Set Up a Home Office

  • Will it promote the lifestyle you desire?
  • Limitations of home office—zoning laws
  • Do you have room for it?
  • Can you afford it?

Planning and Design of Home Office

  • Purpose for home office
  • Zoning compliance
  • Infrastructure
    • Space design
    • Electrical design
    • High-speed Internet
    • Telephone system
  • Equipment
    • Computer
    • Copier
    • Telefax
    • Scanner
    • Printer
    • Remote office technology
    • Software
    • Filing system
    • Furniture
  • Library/resources

Making It Work

  • Adapt office to your lifestyle
  • Maintain office boundaries
  • Do not disturb your neighbors
  • Avoid workaholism—remember why you started your home office in the first place.

Irvin V. Cantor practices with Cantor Arkema, P.C., in Richmond, Virginia. He can be reached at icantor@cantorarkema.com. This outline originally appeared as a presentation at the First Virginia CLE Solo and Small Firm Institute, © 2006 Virginia CLE. Reprinted by permission.

Copyright 2007

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