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Essentials for a Home Office

When you make the decision to work at home it can be very tempting to grab the credit card and buy an abundance of things for your home office, most of which you don’t need. If money is of no concern, then by all means, please splurge. However, if you are like most, you are starting this adventure to make money to pay bills, buy back to school clothes, or start saving for college tuition. You don’t have to buy a ton of new stuff, but there are some essentials you will be happy you have.

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  • Desk – Choose a desk that works for you. If you have a lot of paperwork, one with a drawer and filing system may be necessary. Others may simply need a minimalist desk just to put a laptop on. Consider your needs, when making this purchase.

  • Comfortable Seating – If you are going to be glued to a chair for hours at a time, it should be a chair that provides maximum comfort. Ergonomic chairs are functional and comfortable. An aching back will quickly affect your motivation.

  • Laptop – These days, it is pretty impossible to run a successful business without using the Internet. Your laptop will be the heart of your business. Put a little thought into the decision.

  • Internet Access – High-speed Internet access is imperative. You have a busy schedule. You definitely do not have the time to wait more than a few seconds for each new page to load. Make sure you have a fast Internet connection, so you’re not wasting time waiting. Wi-Fi is ideal.

  • Alarm Clock -How else are you going to keep track of how long you have been working and to time your breaks? You can always use an alarm on your phone, too.

  • Surge Protector – To protect your devices from voltage spikes you need a surge protector. Note that all power strips do not offer protection.

  • Waste Basket – If you have to walk into the other room every time you need to throw something away you will either have a garbage monster on your desk or you will waste a lot of time going back and forth. Face it; if you are walking in the kitchen to throw something away you are going to be more likely to make a snack, make a quick call, or become distracted some other way.

  • Good Lighting – Natural lighting is best. However this is not always possible, especially if you are creating a home office under the stairs or in a closet. Flexible lamps are ideal because they provide light exactly where you need it.

  • Notepad – You are going to need to take notes or write something down at some point. A notepad and a few pens are pretty important. Even a corkboard, chalkboard, or dry erase board can be helpful.

  • Printer – Ideally, you will choose a printer with printing, scanning, and copying capabilities. This eliminates the need for multiple electronic devices in your office. It also means less owner’s manuals to read through.

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