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Important Equipment for Those Who Work from Home

Important Equipment for Those Who Work from Home

Whether you’re self-employed and have had a home office set up for a while, or you’re new to working from home, you’re going to need plenty of equipment to ensure you can get your job done properly. Making sure you have the essentials on hand will make your working from home life much easier! Here are just some of the many things you’re going to need in your office.

Printer

Many of those who work from home will need to print off contracts, labels, and marketing leaflets. Having enterprise printers in your home office will ensure you can easily obtain paper copies of any important documents.

Desk

Yes, you could do your work from the comfort of your bed every day, but studies show that this can affect your sleep quality! If you’re working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s a good idea to invest in a spacious desk, so you can keep your laptop and stationery equipment neatly in one corner of your room. This will enhance your productivity and ensure you’re not doing work where you sleep!

Stationery

You’re going to need somewhere to jot down notes in the middle of a video conference. You’re going to need somewhere to store your files and folders. You might need tape and envelopes to fulfil your online orders. There are so many different stationery items you might need, so make sure to stock up and keep them nearby.

Noise Canceling Headphones

Noise canceling headphones are essential for those who work from home with noisy children and needy pets in the background. Noise-cancelling headphones will help you block out distractions and stay hyper-focused on your work.

Computer or Laptop

Most of us already have a computer or laptop at home that we use to binge-watch Netflix or hours of pointless YouTube videos. However, when you transition into home working, your computer becomes essential. You’re going to need it for responding to emails, participating in online meetings, submitting your work for review, and contacting important clients or customers.

Aim to keep your device as organized as possible. If you deal with a lot of customer data in your role, keep separate folders for each person so you can easily find their information when necessary.

Communication Tool

To communicate with your managers and colleagues, you will need a communication tool. Companies like Asana provide an effective platform that can be used to keep every employee informed of their tasks and deadlines. Make sure you download and log in to the tool that your business uses so you can update your team on your progress. You may also use your communication tools to hold or participate in video conferences and weekly catch-ups.

Webcam

Although many computers and laptops have built-in cameras, they are never great. To ensure your fellow workers can see and hear you clearly, invest in a high-quality webcam to hook up to your device. They are fairly inexpensive and they are a necessity.


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by Dirk DeBie // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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