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 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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