Whether you work from home or just need a space to keep your personal affairs in order, there are some basic things that you will need to make your home office a useful space:
Space to Work; it doesn’t need to be a huge space, just somewhere that you can use a computer if required or simply view, sign and deal with your paperwork. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in your home office, an ergonomic chair is a good investment. If you’re only an ‘occasional’ user or if you’re short of space, grabbing a chair from elsewhere in the house will probably suffice.
Computer Equipment; love them or hate them, computers are part of most people’s everyday life now so having use of a computer with internet access is sure to make life quicker and easier. It also means that the use of online accounts and storing your documentation on your computer, should mean that we have less paperwork to deal with. Whether you have a desktop computer, a laptop or a tablet, a printer will also be a really valuable piece of equipment.
Filing; a stack of papers ready to fall over at any time doesn’t really constitute ‘filing’ so you’ll need somewhere that you can keep your paperwork in some kind of order. Depending on how much paperwork you accumulate may mean that you can go from something as small as a folder which can be divided, or something as large as a filing cabinet.
Mailing Supplies; in order to deal with correspondence, a basic supply of paper, envelopes and stamps is a must-have.
Desk Supplies; a selection of pens, paper clips, stapler etc are always handy to keep on hand.
VA Specific; as a freelance VA, I have other equipment which I use regularly for client work; transcription equipment (audio software, foot pedal, headphones) scanner, fax, laminating machine, binding machine, label machine, another label machine, ('cos you can never have too many!) guillotine, various cameras and tripod, hard drive backup, cloud backup...
If you’re looking to set up a home office, or if you need to get your existing office in to some kind of order, making this space as organised as possible will mean saving time and effort in the future. And if you’re planning on becoming a Virtual Assistant, make sure you have plenty of space!