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The Ultimate Setting Up a Home Office Quiz
by Staff
Have you been dreaming of becoming one of those lucky people who no longer commute to work? If your dream is about to become a reality, you will need the ultimate home office. Take our quiz and learn everything you will need to get started on the road to telecommuting.

What can working at home offer you in terms of your work environment?

  • freedom
  • flexibility
  • both of the above

You can claim a home-office deduction on your taxes if you have a _____ space for your office.

  • separate
  • large
  • rentable

What's a good first step when organizing a new home office?

  • Remove the door so you don't feel closed-in.
  • Prepare a play area for the kids.
  • Invest in the proper office equipment.

When working at home, it's best to do most of your work:

  • in the morning
  • in the afternoon
  • during the hours that you are most productive

Which work-at-home rules make sense and will help you get your work done?

  • no surfing the Internet
  • no eating during work hours
  • no leaving the house during work hours

What do most people cite as the single biggest drawback of working full time at home?

  • spending too much time with your family
  • gaining weight
  • social isolation

Which hardware can be used in conjunction with a laptop to make it easier to hook up to peripheral devices like a printer?

  • an external drive
  • a docking station
  • a docking drive

Which type of printer gives you crisp, high quality black and white documents?

  • black and white laser
  • inkjet
  • color laser

Which printer is most cost effective for printing high quality color charts and graphs?

  • black and white laser
  • inkjet
  • color laser

If you don't have a fax machine, what is a high-tech alternative for sending documents?

  • an online faxing service
  • snail mail
  • courier

Which type of disk can store up to 250 Mb?

  • a DVD
  • a CD
  • a removable media storage device

Which type of modem uses your phone line but does not tie up your line?

  • a fax modem
  • a DSL modem
  • a cable modem

What's the biggest disadvantage of using an all-in-one printer, fax, scanner and copier?

  • It's very expensive.
  • It takes up a lot of room in your office.
  • If it breaks, you can't use any of the functions while it's being repaired.

Which type of software program can you use to send e-mails from your office computer?

  • an e-mail program
  • a word processor
  • virus protection software

Which type of software program is helpful when reviewing the work of others?

  • an Internet browser
  • Portable Document Format (PDF) reader software
  • presentation software

What is the biggest advantage of using an e-mail address from sites like HotMail or Yahoo?

  • They are free.
  • They are inexpensive.
  • They are permanent.

If you want a professional-sounding address for your home-based business, what are your options?

  • You can rent a post office box.
  • You can use a CMRA (Commercial Mail Receiving Agency) mailbox service
  • either of the above

What is the best solution for client meetings when you work from home?

  • Meet the client in your living room.
  • Rent an "Executive Suite."
  • Rent a motel room.

Which type of communication technology allows you to participate in a video presentation halfway around the world?

  • teleconferencing
  • a cell phone
  • a fax machine

Which communication technology allows you to "chat" with other people in real time over the Web?

  • video conferencing
  • teleconferencing
  • instant messaging