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My “Office” Set Up


I am always curious about how other domain investors have their offices/work stations set up. I figured I would share my set up with you and learn how you have yours set up for some ideas in the future.

For starters, I work from the comfort of my own home. I work weird hours, so it wouldn’t benefit me to have an office elsewhere, since I’d probably end up working from home, especially during the Summer and Winter seasons. It’s also a cost savings since an office in Manhattan isn’t cheap if I’d want to upgrade from what I have right now.

I am a Mac guy, and I use a Macbook Pro 15″ / 2.2Ghz with a solid state drive. I also have a wireless mouse and keyboard. I use the Free Agent GoFlex drive to back up my system, using the Time Machine option. I have a 23″ Samsung screen for when I am working from the desk. I keep my iPad handy for when I need to multi task and/or see how things look on a different browser.

Now that you know how I have my “office” set up, why not share how you have yours set up.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (41)


    post a picture – pointless post without it

    October 28th, 2011 at 10:23 am


    I personally like MAC products a WHOLE LOT, but for budgetary reasons, I use all PC stuff…. I have a quadcore HP PC, 2tb HD, all the bells and whistles I got refurbed for an awesome price. I have a dual monitor setup, 2 24″ HP HDMI screens- ebay all the way. This is mainly so I can click and drag and drop and not have to split screens, Windows 7 can be great, but a pain in the arse as well. I should get an External to back my info up on, but once I have more sites developed I will. I use the Logitech Wave pro kb/mouse settup for a bit of comfort and freedom, also got a steal price on ebay. Klipsch 5.1 Speaker system for music to keep me awake at 3am while working…. ummm…. and a nice, big computer chair from Staples.

    October 28th, 2011 at 10:32 am


    Pictures are needed for this post.
    Multiple Monitor Screen setup for trading and domains
    Home Offices are way to go

    October 28th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Elliot Silver

    LOL… desk is messy 🙂

    October 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am


    I agree with the guys above: they say a picture is worth a thousand, let alone a blog post 🙂

    October 28th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Elliot Silver

    Well, if you don’t want to share your set up because I won’t take a picture, so be it.

    October 28th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Ms Domainer


    I agree that you need pictures.

    I’d be shocked if your work area weren’t messy!

    And I’ll bet my work space is messier than yours.



    October 28th, 2011 at 11:05 am


    Have both office and home office.

    Home a total of 5 computers of home, 2 notebooks both dell 3 years old, 1 server, 2 desktops both with dual 2408WFP monitors.

    CRAP everywhere, piles of it. Both home and office.

    CRAP = Magazines, Books, paperwork, stuff I want to do someday pile, just not today or tomorrow 😉

    Office, 3 servers online, 10 offline (older need to fix, update OS etc) SAN 6TB, 3 notebooks, Dell Alien, MacBook Pro 13″, Dell. 2 Dell workstations, both with dual, 2408WFP monitors.

    Working on….actually not much just playing around…

    October 28th, 2011 at 11:08 am


    Agree on your photo issue from above.

    October 28th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Jason Stewart

    Elliot, lets see a pic.

    October 28th, 2011 at 11:11 am


    I agree. A picture would definitely be a plus.

    Also your home address with make/model of front door lock, wife’s maiden name, a pdf of your last four years tax returns and names of all dogs you’ve ever owned.

    Otherwise this article is just plain useless.

    October 28th, 2011 at 12:00 pm


    I just finished reading the post and thought – it would be cool for everyone to share a picture of their office! Funny because I noticed I wasn’t the only one as I scrolled down 🙂

    Either way I think it’s a cool idea to share our office setups!

    I am a Mac guy like Elliot. My office is in our condo in Los Angeles in a loft that looks down on the living room. I have a 13″ Macbook Pro connected to a 23″ Samsung display on one desk. On the desk to my right I have a PC desktop connected to another display and then a Mac Mini connected to a 23″ HDTV. I sometimes use the HDTV as a TV as well so I can watch a basketball game, movie, etc upstairs when I’m working through Roku 🙂

    It is very helpful to have a mac and PC side-by-side so I can make sure that a new dev project works on all browsers. Since I outsource most of what we make I always like to have the final look-over and make sure everyone visiting the site gets the best experience.

    Oh, and the only other thing I use my PC for is to run the Google Adwords Keyword. I started using the tool so much a couple of years ago that I thought it just made sense to have it up and running at all times. I’m a data guy and the GAKT represents some of the most important data on the planet for me.

    October 28th, 2011 at 12:09 pm


    “when I’m working through Roku”

    Morgan, how can you work thru Roku?

    If possible, then it must be a lot of fun:)

    October 28th, 2011 at 12:25 pm


    Thanks Elliot, that helps.

    Btw, your social security number…you don’t have to post the entire number, just the first nine digits.


    October 28th, 2011 at 12:26 pm


    A massively overworked but so far reliable netbook that probably wishes it was the next but one down in the pile at BestBuy when I bought it 3 years ago.

    October 28th, 2011 at 12:37 pm



    None of these guys will say so but the reason they want to see a photo is to try and find out if you work in your underwear.

    Keep them guessing.


    October 28th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Trico

    Usually do, but not today.

    October 28th, 2011 at 12:42 pm


    3 22″ LG monitors on a home-built PC with BOSE speakers. Next to that a Dell mini tower with one 19″ monitor and one 21″ monitor that I hardly use. iPad and iPhone within reach. I work from home too.

    October 28th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Elliot Silver

    An inside look at my home (for sale). I work in the bedroom, although my chair was taken out for the photo.

    October 28th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Tia Wood

    @Elliot I like the pink(ish) color behind the couch. Someone’s got good taste!

    October 28th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Tia

    It’s orange 🙂 I didn’t love it when I first saw it, but it’s grown on me. I guess having accent walls are popular. The orange wall next to the kitchen table is usually covered by the white sliding wall to the right of it. That sliding wall goes in front of the front entry way to reduce the noise from our apartment when we have people over. It’s a neat feature that came with the apartment.

    October 28th, 2011 at 1:34 pm


    Home office:

    Mac mini hooked up to a 22″ LCD and a 40″ LCDTV.

    Xbox 360 for stress relief.


    Beautiful view.

    Maybe I’ll post a pic later.

    October 28th, 2011 at 1:59 pm


    OK, this is my room/office where I study and waste time with domains 🙂

    My laptop is a 15.6″ Compaq CQ61-115SL (here’s the full configuration )

    Now let’s see Elliot’s (and everyone else’s) office pic 😉

    October 28th, 2011 at 2:18 pm
    October 28th, 2011 at 2:20 pm


    Using free computer in the public library.

    Now, just using a Wins 95 with free WIFI from my desperate housewife neighbor.

    It Gets the job done.

    October 28th, 2011 at 2:20 pm


    @ Theo



    I already know that!!!

    October 28th, 2011 at 2:23 pm



    “Well, if you don’t want to share your set up because I won’t take a picture, so be it.”

    Just posted my pic, waiting for yours 🙂

    October 28th, 2011 at 2:27 pm


    Great looking condo, and right around the corner from The Dakota. Isn’t that where John Lennon lived/died and home to numerous other celebrities?

    October 28th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ David

    Thanks, and yes… I’ve seen a number of well known people in the neighborhood. The one downside is that the tourist buses always seem to linger outside the Dakota.

    October 28th, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    October 28th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Christopher

    Great view!

    October 28th, 2011 at 3:40 pm


    Thanks, Elliot.

    I’m on an island just 35 from downtown Vancouver so it’s not quite as remote as it looks. You’ve got some damn fine digs yourself in the upper Westside!

    October 28th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Elliot Silver

    Not enough nature 🙂 Central Park doesn’t cut it when it comes to that.

    October 28th, 2011 at 3:45 pm


    “Elliot, nice bathroom shot at

    Since Elliot is wearing his suit in the shower it must be
    “Wash ‘n Wear”.

    Would get me one of those too…if i wore a suit.


    October 28th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Bruce Tedeschi

    Twin 23″ monitors with a super box with 16GB of memory, wireless printer, wireless mouse and keyboard and a kick ass logitech sound system.

    Simple phone with two chargers. Same as you, work from home.

    October 28th, 2011 at 7:16 pm


    Big PC* – two 24″ monitors, iPad, iPhone , pretty old MacBook

    *Just replaced it after a nice sale

    Printer/Fax/IP Phone (We’re UK-based so IP calls to the US and Germany – our two other major markets make a big cost difference).

    And lots and lots of folders with receipts and tax info…..

    October 29th, 2011 at 3:06 pm


    I typically work from my apartment. However, sometimes I will work from my college’s library (great atmosphere + food!). I use a Dell XPS laptop.

    October 30th, 2011 at 12:40 am


    Hey Elliot, nice photo of your work station. Thanks for sharing.

    Hows the property market over there in NY. Going up or down?

    Wife and i are shopping for a house at the mo too.

    October 31st, 2011 at 12:03 am

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