Working from home has become the new norm, even before COVID-19 arrived to turn our lives upside down. Luckily for the remote worker, innovation is key to making a meaningful change in life.
If you haven’t yet been fortunate enough to work from home, this may be the catalyst you needed to enhance your quality of life. To help make your decision easier, we’ve put together a list of essential items to get your home office up and running.
Internet with unlimited data
You can do little without the internet in modern society. Source a reputable ISP in your area, and then research to determine whether they offer a stable, fast connection in your location.
It’s virtually impossible to make a successful go of working from home unless you have an internet connection that is reliable and rapid and provides loads of data without having to pay extra. An internet connection is vital to connect you to the world if you want to be productive.
A quality PC helps
A good quality PC that is an I5 or upwards will make your home job easier. Slow bottom-of-the-line PCs may be cheap, but working on them for any length of time soon reveals that they are not conducive to long-term use.
Eventually, you’ll find that a cheapie slows your productivity, and adds unnecessary frustration. Rather invest in a decent PC from the beginning, if possible. Get the software you need to run an office, such as an MS Word program and excel to generate professional invoices.
Private office and desk
Set boundaries early on when starting your home job. Even if you can’t dedicate an entire room as office space, dedicate a portion of one for your very own work area. Having a boundary between your office and the rest of your home is vital to switching off.
Office space is off-limits, and the rest of the family need to respect this arrangement. You need a good desk in your work area that can at least cope with a PC, and possibly a printer/copier. A printer/copier is not essential, but having one will depend entirely on the type of work you do.
Office phone or VoIP?
Strictly speaking, an office phone is no longer vital because you can use a mobile phone. But having a separate phone in the office is also good for setting boundaries, and you can always transfer calls to your personal mobile during office hours, if needed.
VoIP is another great option to consider as a business internet calling tool. Get quotes to see which of these selections will work best for your home business.
Pajamas, sweats or formal attire?
Many remote workers say that you should dress for the office, even if you work from home. Others use the opportunity to dress comfortably, knowing they won’t be having any business meetings, so would rather spend time working than dressing up to go nowhere.
Personal circumstances will dictate what you consider to be essential for a home office, but setting basic boundaries for yourself is always a healthy decision.
Time management equals productivity
Work from home jobs don’t mean getting up when you feel like it. Set specific office hours for yourself and manage your time well to increase productivity. Plan a timetable for different projects, and commit to meeting deadlines. A positive, disciplined attitude is more effective in generating proficiency than that of a sloppy approach.
Essentials for working from home include tangible and intangible items. Once you’ve got the physical basics set up, be determined to tackle your new home job with a positive attitude aimed at success. Be sure to set healthy boundaries that separate work and private life, to protect your wellbeing.