Careers Business Ownership 10 Resources to Help You Set Up Your Small Business Office Share PINTEREST Email Print Hero Images / Getty Images Business Ownership Becoming an Owner Small Business Online Business Home Business Entrepreneurship Operations & Success Industries By Darrell Zahorsky Darrell Zahorsky Darrell Zahorsky is an expert in search engine optimization (SEO) and marketing. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 10/29/17 One of the multitude of tasks in starting a business is the setting up of your office. There are many steps in office set up including where to locate your office (home or office space), buying the necessary office equipment, designing your work space and getting supplies. Use the following information to guide you in your office set up. 1. Should You Buy or Lease Office Space? The answer to the lease or buy office space question is not always clear-cut. Your decision will hinge on financial, tax and personal issues. Be certain to educate yourself on this all important decision in your business. 2. Three Questions to Ask Before Setting Up Your Home Office or Workspace Here are three of the most important questions to ask yourself if you are thinking about setting up a home office or at-home workspace for your small business. 3. The Pros and Cons of Working from Home Working out of a home-based office is certainly not for everyone, so it's important to consider the many advantages and disadvantages before you make it a part of your work process. Here are a few of each to help you decide if working from home is right for you. 4. What You Need to Before Starting a Home-Based Business It often makes the most financial sense for a business startup to set up shop at home. Your business needs to carefully monitor startup costs and a home office can shave expenses off the top while adding greatly to your bottom line. 5. A Checklist for Setting Up Your Home Office Use this checklist to develop a well-rounded yet streamlined list of what you need in your home office. Check the items you absolutely need, and circle the items you may eventually want to add to create a prioritized list of your home office essentials. 6. Essential Office Equipment You Will Need Buying all the necessary office equipment for your business is more exciting than crunching the numbers. This area of setting up a home or business office can quickly escalate costs out-of-control without a clear guide of what is needed and what is nice to have. 7. What Equipment Does Your Retail Store Need? Time is money in all businesses. Buy all your needed office supplies while you set up your business and save yourself countless trips to the office supply store. 8. Computer Ergonomics: How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain An often overlooked aspect of setting up a business office is your computer workspace. Improper design of your computer work space can lead to headaches, backaches, neck aches and much more. 9. Is Shared Office Space Right For You? It makes sense to choose your office space like any business decision to look at the alternatives and determine your best course of action. One cost-effective alternative to traditional office leasing is the shared office space. 10. How to Create a Mobile Office for Your Small Business If you are ready to take your business on the road, here is some advice for creating an operational mobile office that allows you to work from anywhere. Edited by Alyssa Gregory.