17 Items You Need to Set Up an Efficient Home Office
When you begin to set up your home office, one of two things tend to happen. Either you are unable to easily identify what equipment and technology you use every day so you underestimate what you will need to get your office up and running, and quickly find yourself struggling. You clearly see each individual item you may need and are overwhelmed by the thought of meeting every one of those needs down to the last staple.
In either of these cases, it wouldn't be a surprise to find yourself running around in circles before you're able to focus your efforts and create an office that will help you work productively.
Use this checklist to develop a well-rounded yet streamlined list of what you need in your home office. Check the items you absolutely need and circle the items you may eventually want to add to create a prioritized list of your home office essentials.
This will apply to most since very few small business owners who have the ability to work from home can complete their work without a computer. Do your research so you can select a computer that meets your specific needs. You should consider a laptop if you intend to create a mobile office in addition to your home office.
Ideally, you will have space for a traditional desk where you create an ergonomically correct workstation. If you need to get creative, you can make a table, counter or other flat surface work.
Printer or Multipurpose Machine
If you have a paperless office, you may be able to get away without having a printer, but there may be situations when you need to scan, fax and even make copies. If this is common in your business, look into multipurpose machines that can manage all of these tasks.
Backup Drive or Personal Server
Once your home office is up and running, you will need to have a plan for backing up and protecting your data. You can use cloud-based backup services to copy your files automatically, but it is also a good idea to consider having an in-house backup in place. External drives and personal servers are relatively affordable and can save your business in the case of computer failure.
A shredder is a must for destroying sensitive and confidential information in your business. And for every other piece of non-sensitive paper, consider getting a recycling bin.
There will certainly be other items you need in your home office, depending on the type of work you do and how much space you have available. If you use this checklist to get started thinking about the essentials, you are on your way to creating a streamlined and efficient home office.