Anyone who works from home knows that a fully equipped office is one of the keys to keep productivity up and meet the challenges that arise on a daily basis. Of course everyone has different needs depending on their particular choice of profession, but there are a few things each and every home office should have:
A door that shuts
This should go without saying, but in case it’s not obvious we’ll include it anyway. You need to be able to shut the door so you can work without interruptions or annoying sounds that ruin your concentration.
Printer and scanner
Every home office should have at least a printer, and preferably also a scanner. A simple black & white laser printer will do in most cases, as most business uses do not need color printing. The scanner would mostly be used in situations where you need to sign and e-mail documents, so you don’t need anything fancy there either. If you prefer, consider a unit that has both printing and scanning built-in.
If you work from home you are most likely going to spend 8 hours or more every day in your office chair. If you use a cheap, uncomfortable chair for a long period of time you can actually end up harming your back, shoulders or neck, which is why you should definitely consider shelling out a few extra bucks for it. A good chair may cost $400 and up (some famous brands will cost closer to $1000), but most likely you’ll be able to use it for many years to come.
A reasonably modern computer
You don’t need the fastest gaming rig to be able to work efficiently, but you don’t want to use a relic from the 1990’s either. A decent computer doesn’t cost more than maybe $500 these days, so there’s no excuse not to upgrade. You should also invest a few bucks in your Internet connection to ensure that it’s reliable and fast enough for your uses.
Everything else is optional
Once you’ve got these things in place, almost everything else is optional. As long as you’re able to sit down in front of your computer and communicate with the world, you’re good to go. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in some bonuses to make your office a place where you enjoy hanging out though. Spending some money on a nice couch, decent lighting and decorative artwork can really turn your office into your favorite room!