Most people embarking on a solopreneurship or remote job think they’ll spend their days in their PJs working from the couch.
They quickly learn that nothing gets done that way. Anyone working from home should have a dedicated space where they can focus and be productive.
As disappointing as it is, that recliner isn’t it!
Creating your own workspace or converting an unused room into a home office is easier than you think. Plus, you may qualify for a tax deduction!
That’s not the only bonus, though. You also get to shop for office furniture and awesome tech gadgets to make your work-from-home life easier.
What kind of awesome tech gadgets, you ask? We’ve got five below that are home office must-haves.
1. Second Monitor
Whether you work on a high-end desktop PC or a laptop, consider investing in a second monitor.
Anyone who’s ever worked with two monitors will tell you it’s one of the must-have office gadgets you never knew you needed. Until you get one.
If you do any kind of design work or freelance site-building, this will make your job much easier. Instead of clicking between tabs, you move your “background” tab over to the second screen and voila! You’ve got the entire picture right in front of you.
2. Smart Speaker
Experts project that 90 million homes in the U.S. will have smart speakers by the end of the year. If you don’t have a smart speaker yet, get one!
It acts as your hands-free personal assistant, which comes in handy if you’re multi-tasking. But, it can also provide you with soothing background music for when you start getting stressed.
3. Scanner / Printer / Copier
You may be thinking, “I don’t need a printer! I have everything stored on my computer.”
But, even if you do and you use the cloud — which you should — you still may need to print and scan documents. If you have checklists or spreadsheets you fill out by hand, you’ll need to make copies.
Yes, we like in a digital world. But we still have a need for paper, too. A scanner/printer/copier is reasonably priced nowadays.
You’re best bet for deals is to shop online. Sites like Winc specialize in being a one-stop-shop for all your home office needs.
4. Multi-Port Docking Station
Docking stations are making lives easier one home office at a time. There are several on the market to choose from, but we’re highlighting two specific types.
The first is the all-USB port station. This office tech is under $30 and is pretty straightforward. It’s four (or more) USB ports in one docking station.
The second type is more expensive, but it’s also more versatile. It’s a multi-function docking port that has slots for USB, HDMI, VGA, LAN, and more. This cuts down on playing “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” with your cords.
5. Cord Holder
Speaking of cords…cord holders are another low-cost, must-have tech item. You can find these in most office retailers or online.
They’re small, usually round pieces of plastic or rubber with a slot. Your cord fits inside the slot. The whole tiny device affixes to the side or top of your desk.
Your cords and cables are out of your way, without falling behind your desk or table. In other words, you’ll never lose your phone charger cord ever again.
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