It’s almost a cliché. So many people of all ages are electing to invent their own business, for hundreds of reasons, but the upshot is that new ideas can create new income streams and new businesses – all made possible by the internet – created in a “home office”.
My first home office predated the internet as it exists today and the transition is startling! Sure, I had a computer, printer, fax and phone (land-line), but my research was still mainly the library, my marketing the local newspapers, radio, TV, and print – as in flyers, posters, brochures, printed and mailed newsletters, letters to mailing lists and postcards. This all sounds absolutely antediluvian!
Managing the information flow is the challenge of the 21st Century
So, today the world is at my fingertips and information flows in all directions from my computer, one simply needs to know how to ask the right question.
- Be precise
- Use Key Words that Google will respond to
- Grasp the content you are looking for from the few words Google uses for each response
- Scroll endlessly down lists of possible answers to you questions
- One of them may have just what you need. The following example is from one of many writers’ sites:
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One of those web sites is sure to have the answer to your question!
How many words can you inscribe on the head of a pin?
Well, this is a transition from not enough information to TOO DAMN MUCH!
- How much information can you fit into 140 Twitter characters?
- What is the attention span of the on-line reader?
- How much of the reader’s attention can you grab without requiring an “arduous” scroll down the page?
A challenge today is condensing, simplifying, using bullet points rather than long, beautifully composed sentences.
Home Office Today
The transformation is amazing in many ways as the technology has changed and improved, yet the basic equipment is a desktop computer – perhaps 2 monitors – cell phone – laptop computer – printer/scanner AND files for all that paper that was supposed to disappear in a paperless office.
Well, I’m loving my new home office in my one-room studio. Everything at arms length and ready-to-go. My best advice is to stay focused on whatever your project is.
- Enjoy the research through all the incredible on-line resources
- Don’t get distracted with too-much-information
- Figure out a way to manage all the electronic knowledge pouring through your computer
. . . need another file drawer for the paper?