OFFICE AT HOME by Robert Scott


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When he recently set up a consultancy-office at home, says Scott, he found a guidebook lacking--and the fusillade of facts sounds as if he quickly wrote down anything and everything he learned. A quick skim over the idea of working at home, and possible zoning complications, leads directly into office equipment and techniques: from paper clips, pencils, and rubber bands to computers, copiers, and word processors; from how to set up a filing system to procuring insurance and working with employees. (Since Scott assumes that all home offices will be as complete as the usual business-premises, one wonders what makes this book specifically about offices at home.) How many foot-candles of lighting are best for your various tasks? What weight should your letterhead stationery be? What height should your chairs and tables reach? Lengthier discussions of telephone and computer equipment, and services you may or may not use in place of such equipment, offer lots of information but few practical examples. Scott also takes up such standard small-business topics as money management, budgeting, and taxes. Ocassionally he provides particulars that it might take months to unearth piecemeal--e.g., on how to use mail carriers and the Postal Service, SBA offices and Government Printing Office bookstores. But on the whole this is an awkward mass of unfocused detail, without a sense of authority.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1985
Publisher: Scribners