Ask an Expert

1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try, experience

Every day we live with the need to communicate. We need to rise above simple translation and see the meaning, when we build a website we need to include everyone (not just the sighted) and when we travel we are faced with challenging physical barriers. I know what it's like and think I have the depth and resources to help others make the right decisions.

Each month I will be responding to a question, chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked. A complete archive of "Ask an Expert" articles can be found here.

Donna Jodhan, a woman with short dark hair and glasses, sits at a table with a laptop in front of her.

This month, I'd like to answer the following question:

Making a home office more accessible

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these thoughts.

You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and external costs and here's how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

My tips are primarily aimed at those who are new entrepreneurs or who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs.

Too many folks often get caught up in just slapping a home office together without even thinking of how to arrange things so that you do not spend too much time looking for something or just trying to navigate through mounds of clutter.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Use file folders and label them with appropriate names that mean something to you.
  • Place them in sturdy file cabinets.
  • Place the more important file folders; your personal info in the drawer of your working desk.
  • Carefully label these so that they mean something to you.
  • Examples of personal files could include mortgage and insurance papers, banking papers, your wills, and so on.
  • Make your desktop as uncluttered as you can. Don't use your desktop to store scattered papers.
  • Don't use the surfaces of your computers to store papers.

This should be a good start for now.

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