Even if you plan to do most of your work from a solid office base, it’s often necessary to at least respond to a few emails from home. If necessary and possible, you can even plan to work from home several days a week. But, without the proper office supplies at home this can become a nightmare of rushing about to try to get things done under less than optimal conditions.
So what’s necessary for a basic home office? The following are just a few essentials that you’ll thank yourself for later.
Lightweight Laptop or Tablet
Any time you have to carry your computer to and from the office, it’s best to have the lightest option available. Do yourself the favour of buying a smaller, more modern computer or tablet to work from. You’ll also want to have a very protective carrying case to put your mind at ease.
Even if you don’t often need to print anything, it’s good to have the right equipment when the time does come to scan and send an important document to a client. You can also of course use a multifunction printer to make copies, etc. without having to wait until you return to your actual office.
You likely already have a telephone at home, along with a mobile phone. But, if you need to make or take an important business call at your house instead of the office, it may be best to have a separate line and number to give out.
Working from home is all well and good until you realise that you still have to balance your home life as well. A functional home office space, no matter how casual, must also have a door that can be closed.
Author: Carl Barton