Have you been dreaming of becoming one of those lucky people who no longer commute to work? If your dream is about to become a reality, you will need the ultimate home office. Take our quiz and learn everything you will need to get started on the road to telecommuting.
What can working at home offer you in terms of your work environment?
both of the above
Working from home can offer you freedom and flexibility, but you will need to set some ground rules and organize both your work hours and your work space if you are to succeed.
Which hardware can be used in conjunction with a laptop to make it easier to hook up to peripheral devices like a printer?
an external drive
a docking station
A docking station remains permanently hooked up to your keyboard, mouse, printer, fax machine, scanner and other peripherals. You plug your laptop into the docking station and you're ready to go; there's no need to plug in a bunch of wires every time you return to your office.
You might want to consider a removable media storage device such as the Zip™ drive by Iomega™ for your home office. Data is written to the disk just like it would be to a floppy diskette, but the Zip™ drive can store up to 250 Mb of data.
What's the biggest disadvantage of using an all-in-one printer, fax, scanner and copier?
It's very expensive.
It takes up a lot of room in your office.
If it breaks, you can't use any of the functions while it's being repaired.
If space is limited in your home office, an all-in-one printer, fax, scanner and copier might be right for you. However, if one part of it breaks down, you'll have to do without the other functions until it can be repaired.
Which type of software program can you use to send e-mails from your office computer?
an e-mail program
If you use an e-mail program provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP), you may have to change addresses if you change ISPs. If you use a program such as Microsoft Outlook Express or Eudora, you won't have to.
Which type of software program is helpful when reviewing the work of others?
an Internet browser
Portable Document Format (PDF) reader software
When reviewing formatted documents submitted by co-workers or outside designers, Portable Document Format (PDF) reader software like Adobe Acrobat Reader, allows you to view, search, print and collaborate on their files.
What is the biggest advantage of using an e-mail address from sites like HotMail or Yahoo?
They are free.
You can get e-mail addresses from sites like HotMail or Yahoo. These addresses are free and the advantage of having one is that you don't have to change it if you change your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
If you want a professional-sounding address for your home-based business, what are your options?
You can rent a post office box.
You can use a CMRA (Commercial Mail Receiving Agency) mailbox service
either of the above
If you want a professional sounding address for your home-based business, you can rent a post office box or you can use a CMRA (Commercial Mail Receiving Agency) mailbox service that gives you a corporate-sounding address and a suite number.
What is the best solution for client meetings when you work from home?
Meet the client in your living room.
Rent an "Executive Suite."
If you need a professional place to meet your clients, consider leasing an Executive Suite that provides you with a receptionist, meeting rooms and other office services. You can rent similar spaces on an hourly basis ,as well.
Which type of communication technology allows you to participate in a video presentation halfway around the world?
Teleconferencing, used in conjunction with Internet presentation software, allows you to communicate with several people while simultaneously viewing the same presentation from different locations around the globe.