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The pop up private practice - how to get up and running, fast

If you are just setting out in private practice, you may be asking the following questions:

  • what computers do I need?
  • what about other equipment - a fax machine, or a scanner?
  • what is the best mobile phone for business?
  • do I need to buy specific types of software?
  • what on earth is cloud computing and why should I care?

In this section, we cover the key questions about basic office equipment, helping you to get up and running, fast.

Think of it as the pop up private practice. You’ll find out about...


Do you need a desktop computer? What about a laptop, or a shiny new tablet? Are back ups important? What other peripherals will you need? What software will you have to buy? Get started here.

Cloud Computing:

This is not as scary as it sounds. The cloud is helping businesses to save money on software and hardware, and offers a whole host of other benefits - we’d strongly recommend you to read this one.


Will you need a separate phone line? What’s VoIP? How does a business mobile differ from a normal mobile? Find out here.


A shredder will be one of your most useful pieces of equipment. Find out why.

Tips for a good office environment

  • Remember that this is a space for running your business - if you’re working from home, don’t let it get taken over by your home life.
  • Make sure you have a good office chair - it should be comfortable and should support your back. You should also get a chair mat - it will save your carpet!
  • Check your broadband connection - have you got the fastest connection available for your area? Is it reliable? A good internet connection is a must.
  • Think about where you will store your paperwork. You’ll need a lockable, fireproof filing cabinet and plenty of shelving.
  • Check the electrical sockets where you will be working. List the equipment you will need to use and make sure you don’t overload sockets.
  • Make sure you have the right insurance. General household insurance may not cover business equipment or clients coming to your home - find out more here.
  • Check your lighting. Try to get as much natural light as possible. Make sure overhead lights are adequate, and get a good desk light to ensure you don’t get eye strain.
  • Your clients’ information is confidential. Never leave it lying around - make sure it’s safely filed, and keep your office door locked.