More and more people are setting-up a business or a side-hustle in their home. The digital world has ensured that it’s never been easier to get work done in the comfort of your own home, and many are lucky enough to say goodbye to their commuting days for good. If you’re just starting out, it can feel a little overwhelming. However, don’t worry, there are plenty of simple steps you can take towards working-from-home success. If you’ve got a dedicated and separate space in your home, in which to work, you’re already winning. Allowing yourself to be removed from the usual distractions of your household, will ensure that you’re in the right mindset and can be as productive as possible.
As an independent business or freelancer, you’ll want to ensure that your set-up is as productive and professional as possible. Therefore it’s crucial to equip yourself with everything you’ll need to work, communicate, and attract the right audience and clients so that your new venture has some longevity. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those in the process of equipping their home office with the right tech for a successful future.
The Right Computer
With so many options on the market; it can be a challenge to choose a computer that’s right for what you need. The best place to start is with your budget, and you can go from there. Perhaps you’re creative, and the software you’ll need works best with a Mac; these can be pricey, but, there are plenty of reputable sellers of refurbed items, out there. Do your research, read reviews, and think about if you want a desktop computer or a the more flexible option, of a laptop (or Macbook). Give yourself some time to get to grips with your new equipment so that you’ll know how to unfreeze a Mac in no time.
The same goes for those who prefer a PC; prices range from affordable to extortionate, so make sure you have a list of exactly what it is you’ll need from your computer. External hard drives are excellent solutions for computers that don’t offer much storage, so you don’t have to over-stretch your budget. If you feel a little lost with your new tech, there are online courses and tutorials available, so make sure that you’ve set-aside some time to learn the ropes, and you’ll get the most of what it can offer.
Your computer will already offer you a range of ways to stay in contact with those you need to. However, it’s always worth having a phone so that you can communicate on the go. Think about what works best with the programs on your computer; syncing everything is a simple way to have your contacts close to hand wherever you are. Consider investing in a printer and scanner so that you can print, scan, sign, and send physical paperwork and documents without leaving your office. Many businesses still utilize forms and documents, and you may want to ensure you have physical copies of contracts and invoices. Therefore, it’s worth checking out the best scanner/printers out there, and budgeting for the addition to your home office.
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