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Setting up a home office can be daunting. You have to figure out what you need, then get it all into the right place. And that’s before you start setting up your work area! Here are some essentials for getting started on an efficient home office.
If you are a person who needs to get things done in your home office, having a space designated for work can be invaluable. Of course, you want everything to be organized, so it should be easy to access—and this checklist should help with that.
Home Office Setting
Many people may be used to working with laptops, but desktop computers offer better speed, storage capacity, and reliability than laptops do. When working from home, you need to have the extra power you get with a desktop. There are many styles of computer desks on the market; study the available options before deciding which style is best for your needs.
You can build a computer based on your needs and specifications. Go to a website for PC building to know how to build the CPU. From there, you can choose how much memory, the OS, the monitor, and more. Also, if you choose processors or motherboards, you can choose between an AMD processor or an Intel-based processor.
Solid Internet Connectivity
You need to make sure your home internet is fast and reliable. If you find yourself dealing with slow connections or dropped service, keep in mind that this could be the result of old technology or interference because of nearby electronic equipment, traffic on the line, etc.
In some cases, you don’t need a whole desk—sometimes just a corner option will do the trick. A corner desk is smaller than a standard one but just as functional.
- If you have a smaller space, an allocated corner desk attached with a desk divider can save you some room.
- A corner desk has a small footprint and is an efficient use of limited space.
Home Office Chair
You’re going to spend a lot of time sitting in this chair! Open floor plans are all the rage, but if your home office is in a corner, behind closed doors, or has any kind of less-than-desirable acoustics (or lack of natural light, for that matter), having a piece of furniture on which to sit while you work can make all the difference.
To prevent back pain, experts recommend using an ergonomic office chair. An ergonomic office chair uses adjustable features to support the head, neck, back, and arms. This is usually more comfortable than a standard computer chair because users can adjust the fit to their own body type.
Printer (And Printer Ink)
Most people still print drafts of documents, reports, and other files. It’s essential to choose a laser printer so you can cut down on your total cost of ownership. You don’t want all those costs piling up every time you need to print something out.
You can find different brands of printers, so if you want to save money on ink, go for a printer that is compatible with your desired brand of printer ink.
Organizer Tray Or Boxes
It may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but an organizer tray or box can go a long way when it comes to keeping your desktop neat and tidy. Keep your pens, pencils, paper clips, thumbtacks, pushpins—you name it—in an organizer tray or box.
This is one of those things that you never think about until you need it.
Filing Cabinets Or Storage
Even if you’re a digital-only individual, nobody is going to hold it against you for wanting to keep hard copies of important documents. Whether it’s health records or financial statements, you need to hang onto that paperwork. Keep it in an organized fashion by investing in some filing cabinets.
- Some forms may be required to be kept on file. Many businesses, for example, must hang onto W-2 forms and other tax documents for several years.
- You don’t want your files spread across the house—keep them in one central location so that you know where to find them when you need them.
You’ll need USBs for storage, cables, and HDMI connectors, and even extension cords and chargers for all your electronic equipment. These things may be trivial, but it’s better to have a separate set in your office so that you don’t have to run to the home supply closet every time you need to charge your phone or store a file. You can also use home automation systems to make things easier for you.
Keep your home office essentials to a minimum. You won’t need everything on this list, but you will definitely want some of the items—a decent printer and internet connection, for example. Once you’ve taken care of those basics, the rest is about personal preference and convenience.