Have you ever been speaking on the phone only to have the conversation drowned out by household noise? Like the kids screaming or the dog barking at the postal carrier? It might be acceptable for a personal call, but for business calls, it may not make such a great impression.
If you have home based business that involves phone calls, you may have to make arrangements to cut down the noise. A number of people I talk to seem to have a lot of conversation wrecking, household noise in the background. For informal conversations, this can be overlooked. But for taking orders, closing deals, or talking to prospective clients the conversation should not be interrupted by household noise.
This is why a good home office should be well partitioned from the rest of the house. Have a separate room for your home office and keep the door closed when working. If you have small children to watch, consider getting some help to free you up to work. If that’s not possible, at least invest in a good noise reducing head-set like the Boom Headset to block out any background noise.
Having a noise free environment in your home office can really help raise your home based business to a professional level. Conversely, a boisterous home office will sound like, well, a noisy house.