Look around your home. Where can you put a home office? If you are not fortunate enough to have extra rooms available for an actual office you only need room enough for a corner desk. The perfect desk will have at least two levels or some sort of storage. Desks are usually inexpensive and can be put together in a matter of minutes. Try Wal-Mart, Target or even Craigslist or yard sales.

Next your computer. Almost everyone has a computer these days, but if you are in the market check out Wal-Mart, Target or even warehouse stores such as Costco.  And again, you can always check Craigslist or even get your old computer upgraded-its cheaper. You need enough speed and memory to handle multimedia and videos. Your system should be able to handle any software you may need.  The most important part of your computer is virus protection. Check our Download.com for software to keep your system safe.

The phone is next. My Blackberry is with me always. I do not know what I would do without it. My Blackberry has every app I need for business – Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, WordPress, 5 of my email accounts, a calendar, address book, a memo pad and even The Bible. There is an app for whatever you can imagine. I have an unlimited plan which includes talk, text and email. There are many phone companies and plans. Most companies offer free or minimal fee phones just for signing  a 2 year contract. If you are not ready for that type of technology, a regular home phone will do. Just make sure you have an answering machine or service so no message will be missed.

The next piece of equipment is an all-in-one printer, copier, fax, scanner. They do it all. I bought mine from Amazon.com for less the $60. It’s an Epson and works wonderfully.

A shredder would also be ideal. You do not want any personal or financial information in the wrong hands. Keep financial and personal paperwork in a secure place. Find some time of locked filing box or cabinet for this paperwork.

A few storage bins, pens, folders, envelopes, etc and you are ready. Try shopping at Dollar Stores, Wal-mart, Target, Craigslist, Amazon.com and yard sales. Try asking friends and family for items they are not using.  A home office does not have to be expensive.