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.
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.
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.
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.