It’s always a good idea to keep your office equipment separate from your personal computer and other equipment. Not only will this cut down on fights for computer time, but it will be more assuring that your work files and other things won’t be damaged or compromised by your family.
Make sure you back-up your information regularly. Use a jump or thumb drive – a small storage unit that plugs into your computer’s USB port and that can hold reams of information. This way, if your computer ever crashes, the information on this drive is safe since it’s completely separate.
If you don’t want to purchase a fax machine but need to receive faxes, there are companies online that sell or rent you a fax number; when a fax is sent to this number, it gets forwarded to your email as an attachment, usually in PDF format.
Multi-purpose printers can be handy, as they often double as a scanner, copy machine and fax machine as well.
Get a surge protector and make sure all your equipment is plugged into it. Any electrical storm can wreak havoc on your equipment if not protected.
If all those cords are a nuisance to you, get a strong twist-tie and wrap them up neatly, tying them together to avoid some clutter. You may also want to use a small tag to identify which cord is for what – phone line, cable line, PC plug, and so on. This way, if you ever need to unplug something, you won’t need to pull everything out while searching for the right cord.