I’ve been working a full-time job from my home for just over a year now and running a side business from home for about five years. And before that I was running my college and home life like a business, too, so I think it’s safe to say I know quite a bit about spending lots of time in a home office. Here is a list I came up with of 10 must-have items that will help transform any room in your house into a comfortable and productive home office.
If you have other tips of your own please post them in the comments of this post.
1. Comfortable Chair
If you are going to spend up to 2,000 hours a year at your desk, you may was well spend a few extra bucks to get a nice chair that you’ll be comfortable in.
2. Second Monitor
Using a second monitor (combined with proper workflow techniques) you’ll be able to get twice the amount of work done in half the time.
3. Good Mouse
This goes hand in hand with a second monitor and proper workflow techniques. A mouse with two buttons (left and right click) and a track wheel will save you a ton of time while working.
4. File Cabinet
Being organized on your computer and hard drive is super important, but having all your paper files organized is crucial as well—especially when April 15th approaches. If you keep your files organized throughout the year, and you’ll have much less hassles when it comes time to do your taxes.
5. Cutting Board, Xacto Knife (With Extra Blades), & Metal Ruler
If you don’t do any kind of hands-on work, this one may not be a “must-have”, but if you do any type of creative work, these items make a big difference and produce much better results than scissors.
6. Good Ink Pen
Aside from the inconvenience of when a cheap pen decides to stop working for no reason, having a good pen that you love to write with will put you in a good mental state when you are writing. I’ve been using Uniball’s Fine Vision pens for years and wouldn’t want to change pens even if you paid me to.
7. Stapler, Tape, & Scissors
These items are basics of any office environment, and they are basics for a reason and should never be left out.
8. Hard Drives
Backing up your work is the only way to go. In a digital age you have to be prepared to pull up work from years ago in a matter of seconds. You can’t afford to lose your digital assets if one drive breaks so it’s important to have your files on at least two different hard drives. I have one drive stored away for every year in addition to the large drive I use throughout the year that has multiple years’ worth of work on it.
9. Fast Internet Connection
Getting your job done quicker helps everyone involved. The only thing a slow Internet connection is good for is adding frustration and stress to your life.
10. Assorted Sized Permanent Markers
From big ole fat ones that can write on cardboard boxes to little skinny ones that can write on DVDs, you should be able to write on anything and everything whenever you need to.