This book is designed to help you create a tech-savvy home office environment so you can do what you do best: your work. Each of the 24 projects in this book was carefully planned to meet your needs as a home office worker.
The book is organized into parts, with projects in each section ranging in difficulty from easy to advanced. Every project is designed as a stand-alone project; you don’t need to complete a particular project before you can begin the next. As you consider a project, don’t be afraid to try it even if it is challenging or advanced. You just might be surprised at how quickly you can complete a project, regardless of your technology skill level.
Part I, “Organize Your Workspace,” offers projects that can help you organize your office. Whether you have a simple desk to work from or an elaborate office space, each project brings unique organizational aspects to any home office.
In Part II, “Take It on the Road,” you’ll discover how to use the Internet and other technologies to your advantage. Each project was developed after careful research into the mobile reality of today’s home office environment. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have to be stuck there!
Part III of the book, “Communicate with Clients and Employers,” addresses projects that can help you stay in touch with others outside your home office. You can stay visible and accessible, no matter what your home office environment.
Part IV, “Enhance Your Sales and Marketing,” shows you a variety of ways you can generate additional income and take advantage of the latest technologies to locate customers and clients. Regardless of your occupation, these projects will spark ideas for you.
Finally, in Part V “Work Securely from Home,” you’ll discover different methods to make your computer work with you instead of against you.
As you work through the projects in this book, you’ll notice that the beginning of each project offers information about what you’ll need for the project and the difficulty level involved. Each project is divided into manageable steps with helpful hints and tips to guide you along the way.
Don’t be shy! Jump right into any project in the book—you can start wherever you like. As you complete each one, give yourself a pat on the back and then jump into another project. You’ll be your own IT department before you know it!