Score Big With a World Cup Home Office

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The countdown is on for the FIFA World Cup, giving soccer fans around the world something to cheer about in about three months (the festivities begin June 11). The matches are being held in South Africa this year, so that will mean morning viewing hours for many United States fans.

Since watching soccer games at the office is next to impossible, start suggesting to your boss that you set up a home office and start working from home a few days a week (you'll be in good company, the American Internet Users Survey states that nearly 50 million Americans now work from home in some capacity). By the time the World Cup arrives, you'll be ready to work and watch the games at home.

Here are some essentials to turning a small corner or room into a FIFA-ready home office:Furniture
If you're short on space, look into a space-saving computer desk that can easily fit into any corner and has wheels so it can easily be moved out of the way when necessary. If you have a little more room to work with check out Target's itso storage and organization line - it's modular and, as you can see from the site, works well in a variety of spaces.

For a chair to go with your new desk, try the AirFlo mesh back rolling desk chair, which should make you cool and supported. Or if you're looking for something with a lot more style checkout Cherner Chair company's task chair. Remember, you'll be sitting in it for hours - make sure it's comfortable (not simply theme-appropriate)!

Computer accessories
Let's assume you already have a home computer or a laptop. If not, then you have your work cut out for you before setting up a home office - you might want to beg your boss to bring home your work computer. To keep from overheating (your computer, that is), get an M2 laptop cooler from Luxa2 that is small and elegant (check out the Swarovski crystals - fancy!)

To keep unsightly bundles of cords hidden from view there are severaloptions out there. You'd be surprised what just a little cab;e camouflage will do for your space.


Printer
A multi-function laser printer is a worthwhile purchase that can print, scan, copy and fax, making your home office hum like the efficient machine it is (or you always wanted it to be).

Webcam
If your computer doesn't already have one, a Web camera will come in handy for video conferences with co-workers, just be sure to have a neutral background and mute the sound on your TV while conferencing.

Internet telephone
Skype is the best way to go with video conferencing and online chat, allowing you to stay in touch with co-workers and clients.

TV
Just set it up near your home office and get ready to start yelling "Gooooaal!"

Need more ideas? Just peruse the Amazon section on home offices. Great ideas abound for your month-long "work" from home while the World Cup plays.
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