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Your home office might not be located in the most glamorous area of your house. It could be in a garage or even a shed if you are really desperate. Unfortunately many people were thrown into a work from home scenario before they could get set up for it.
Regardless of where your home office is located, there is a way to set it up that will help you get the most out of it. Your work productivity will improve and you will have a much easier work day than when you aren’t set up properly.
In this article, I will go over some of the must have tools to be able to work effectively from your home office.
1 – Home office printers
It seems obvious that every remote worker needs home office printers. However, you really need to make sure that you have the right kind. The ideal thing is to get one that handles just about everything you would normally do in an actual office. Those small three in one types that you might be tempted to get because they are made for home use are not ideal.
When you are doing actual work at home, your printer needs to be able to handle it and a regular home version will have trouble keeping up. Printing reams of documents can take way too long unless you get one that can print a few dozen per minute. Also, you will want to scan a lot of documents so you can save space by digitizing your important papers.
2 – Dual monitor
A lot of workers at an office are hesitant to get a dual monitor as it attracts a lot of attention. However, at home, you can do whatever you want without anybody thinking it’s strange. And a dual monitor is an excellent addition as it has a lot of benefits.
If you are a coder then this is almost a must. But even if your job has nothing to do with coding you will see a big increase in productivity when you use a dual monitor.
Multitasking is so simple when you use one as you can move from one screen to another without having to actually switch screens. Even switching tabs takes up valuable time that can be eliminated from your workflow process now.
3 – Surge protector
Chances are that you gave little thought to power surges when you were working in an office. They are usually set up with a system to prevent surges so you don’t risk burning out your computer. At home, you definitely need to use a surge protector since your home likely isn’t prepared for an electrical storm that can fry your electronics.
4 – Paper shredder
You’re going to have sensitive documents because of your work that will have to be shredded. The typical one for a home may not be strong enough so make sure to look for one that can handle a higher volume than normal.