I decided 2010 is going to be a breakthrough year for me; one where I’ll step up my game and get more serious about taking my business online to the next level.
One of thing I was opened to since reading HomePreneur by Jimmy D Brown, is that in order to excel at business, especially a home based business, your work space is one very important aspect home based entrepreneurs often overlook that affects your work productivity.
When I first got started with my Info-product business in 2006, I had just the basics; a low powered PC (tiny processor, 256MB ram, 80GB hard disk) running Windows XP in Japanese! with a tiny 15″ monitor, sitting on a tiny desk with a tiny chair…but I did have my internet connection.
The great thing about Japan is the Internet speed here. It’s one of, if not THE fastest broadband providers on the planet.
That setup was enough to get a fair amount done, but over time, things just naturally got too small. My little 80GB hard disk was filling up fast with a ton of large software apps like Photoshop, Camtasia, Skype, Open Office Suite, Microsoft Office etc. Not to mention all my files that I downloaded or created, were weighing my poor machine down.
At the end of 2009, I knew I couldn’t make the progress I wanted for my business with my setup the way it was so I bit the bullet and made it a point to do a whole office space make-over with a new desk, new chair, and best of all, new PC!
I got my new high-back executive chair and desk at the local second-hand shop for 9000 yen (about $100US) which was an absolute bargain! The PC I ordered online from the DELL website.
The specs are as follows for all you tech savvy geeks out there. Dell Studio Desktop, 20″ monitor, Windows 7 Ultimate (English OS), Intel Core 2 Quad processor (6MB cache, 2.66Ghz), 4GB RAM, 500GB Sata HDD, wireless keyboard and mouse (which I’m still getting used to) and the list goes on.
The price for this was just a smidge over 9,3000 yen (about $1050US) which is comparatively cheap. I don’t care too much about price, because I see it as an investment.
This will help me get more done with more ease, in less time. After all, my PC is my major tool I use for my business so it needs to be sharp…I don’t want to be waiting around for a program or file to load.
You’ll also notice how I keep a desk diary on the desk. In that I write my to-do list and other notes I need to remember. Some things you can’t see in the photos are a calendar right above my monitor on the wall and a small whiteboard on the wall to the left.
These help me keep organized so I can get things done and not waste my time when I sit down to work.
Now, I’m all set up for a killer 2010. I’ll be able to fly through my work in comfort. I’m not saying you need to spend $1000+ on new computer stuff for your business too, remember I was using a $700 second hand computer for almost 4 years! But if you can afford it, it sure helps.