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Standing Up for America's Small Businesses

"Self-Informed is a great resource for staying up-to-date on hot topics that impact small businesses like mine."

Stephanie Gibney, Member Since 2009

Advocacy

Interested in how the NASE advocates for issues important to you and your business? Read the NASE’s testimony before Congressional committees, letters to Congress and the Administration, and information on how new legislation will impact you.

Legislative Priorities

With the NASE as your representative, your views are heard on Capitol Hill. The NASE monitors legislation that affects small business and the self-employed. During the 111th Congress, the NASE is urging legislators to help support small business by focusing on top priority issues.

Washington Watch

Be the first to know about legislative action that affects you and your business.

Write to your Federal or State elected officials with one click. Search for your elected officials, send letters, view important legislation the NASE is tracking, and more!

NASE In the News

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Research

The NASE has become a primary resource for legislators, businesses and the media to see what micro-business owners are doing and for media coverage on small business news.

Through nation-wide surveys on topics such as health coverage and retirement security, the NASE ensures it has the pulse of micro-business.

Legislative Action Center

Contact your legislators and learn how they’ve voted on small business issues through the Legislative Action Center, Tell Your Story to give Congress and the Administration a window into your real-life experiences and become a media contact to speak about small business issues with the press.

NASE in Action

Through NASE, the self-employed and micro-businesses have a powerful voice representing their interests on many topics, including on support for small business and small business legislation regulations. NASE has a strong track record of advocating for its members on Capitol Hill. Through efforts like the online Legislative Action Center and the Tell Your Story initiative, NASE provides an easy and timely way for micro-business owners to get involved and express their opinions to elected officials.

Find out who your elected officials are and how they are voting.

Top Legislative Priorities

  • Fairness in Tax Compliance
  • Access to Affordable Health Coverage
  • Self-Employment Tax on Health Insurance Premiums

Tips to Create the Perfect Home Office

Jan 31, 2020

As technology advances, more workers can work from home. Many companies have embraced remote working, allowing employees the flexibility to work where they want. While many employees greatly appreciate the option to work from home, their home environment is not always prepared to become a home office. A home office should be more than just a room to work in and a poor home office can negatively affect your work. Before you switch to remote work, it is a good idea to set up a home office that works for you. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to create the perfect home office.

Just How You Like It
The beauty of working from home is that you can work in whatever environment you want. You are no longer bound by cubicles or fluorescent lighting. Take advantage of this freedom and build a workspace that works for you. Take a moment to consider what your ideal working environment looks like as no two people will have the same vision of home office perfection. Do you prefer sitting or standing while you work? Do you want a quiet environment or would you want to listen to music while working? Which direction do you want your desk to face, towards the window so you can look outside or towards a wall to avoid distractions? These questions and more are all important to consider when creating your perfect home office.

The Right Color
Research into color psychology has shown that the color of our environment can affect our productivity. For a home office, you are striving for a color that isn’t agitating but also isn’t depressing. Grays are a modern design staple, but gray walls can lead to a dreary atmosphere. White walls are a good default, but the stark color can be unpleasant over long periods. Blues, greens, and yellows are common paint colors for home offices as many people report those colors help them be more productive.

It is also a good idea to use colors in your home office that are different than the colors in the rest of your house. Separating your home office from the rest of your house helps establish the office as a place for work. Using different colors creates an unconscious boundary that helps you distinguish between and balance work life from home life.

Regardless of the paint color, you choose, look for paints without high levels of VOCs or volatile organic compounds. VOCs are partly responsible for that fresh paint smell as VOCs release gasses that are harmful to inhale. Thankfully, VOCs are being regulated more consistently, but it is better to find paint with organic pigments or low levels of VOCs.

Good Lighting
Lighting plays a large role in creating a home office you enjoy using. Poor lighting can alter colors, make a room feel smaller, and decrease your productivity. Avoid working in spaces that are dark as it will make staying awake more difficult and put unnecessary strain on your eyes. Natural light is ideal, so make use of any windows in your office to let sunlight in. When it comes to lightbulbs, consider swapping old incandescents for CFL or LED bulbs. CFL and LED bulbs shine brighter, last longer, and are more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs.

The Right Temperature
It can be hard to focus on work when the room is too hot or too cold. It is worth stashing a sweater or blanket in your home office so that a cold day won’t interrupt your work and you won’t need to turn on the heat. A small desk fan can help you cool off during hot days without running the air conditioning.

Everything You Need
Keep everything you need for work in your office as getting up to fetch something in a different part of the house can lead to distractions. When you get up to grab a pen from the kitchen, you might end up doing the dishes or wiping down the counters simply because you are already there. Ensure everything you need is in your home office to limit distractions and excuses to put off your work.

Take the time to build your perfect home office that bolsters your productivity and allows you to work unhindered. Paint your office a color that you enjoy and is stimulating, but choose a color that is different from the other colors in your house to distinguish your office as a place for work. Use natural light when possible and swap old incandescent bulbs for CFL or LED lights. Keep a sweater and a fan in your office so you are prepared for any weather changes. Stock your office with everything you need for work to limit distractions from other parts of your house.

Meet The Author:


Nick Rojas

Nick Rojas

Nick Andrew Rojas is a business consultant turned journalist who loves working with small and medium-sized companies. He has contributed to many publications such as Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, and Yahoo. In his spare time, he hangs out at the beach with his dog Presto.
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