Establish an office

Set aside office space in your home, and purchase the essential office furniture, supplies and equipment, laptop computer or tablet, peripherals, software, and mobile phone. 

 

A mobile phone that allows you to see when calls begin and end is a useful feature for billing. 

 

Scanning and emailing documents replaced faxes a long time ago, but you may find the rare client who insists on a response by fax.  You could use a multipurpose printer with a fax function for this.  Apps are available for producing pdf documents on mobile phones and pdf documents are often signed electronically.

You could get a landline or a voice over internet protocol (VOIP) telephone service. VOIP provides reasonably good sound quality, but may not be available during internet service outages.

 

A wireless hub feature with your mobile phone service or a stand alone hub is useful when your internet service is down or when traveling. It can be used to keep your computer online.

A small business account with Microsoft, Google or others is helpful for having your data on the cloud, security, software for email, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.  They also provide ways to do video conferences, as does Zoom.  Of course, there are other companies that provide these services and you need to find the best fit for your business.

Should you rent some office space to have a place where clients can visit you?  It’s really not necessary. You can generally meet clients at their offices or elsewhere. Only rent space if you need it. For occasional needs, it would be more cost effective to rent space with companies that provide temporary offices as needed.

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