Whether you’re a work-from-home veteran or a new initiate, building an inviting office space is vital to maintaining your productivity. For all those bringing the 9-to-5 into their humble abodes, here are eight home office essentials to make your workday run smoothly.
An online P.O. box
Working from home can be hectic, meaning that little errands like checking your P.O. box, slip through the cracks. You might tell yourself that you’ll check the mail tomorrow, and before you know it, you’ve missed out on vital documents and packages.
With a virtual P.O. box service from providers like iPostal1, entrepreneurs or solo professionals can check their P.O. box virtually without leaving the home office. It uses an actual street address to intercept and upload your mail to the client portal. From there, you can decide whether the employees forward, scan, shred, or store your mail, all from the comfort of your home.
Lighting can have a significant impact on the productivity of your home office. When you work in an office with inadequate lighting, you will experience fatigue, headaches, and eyestrain.
Workspace illumination is even more important when there is little natural light. Ambient lighting in home offices often includes overhead lights and recessed lights, but this is not adequate. It is necessary to add additional lighting sources to existing ambient light in the home office if you want functional lighting.
Consider these five things when choosing your home office lighting.
If you’re spending most of your workday strapped into sitting in your home office chair, it makes sense to have one that’s at least comfortable.
And that supports your back.
But if you’ve priced office chairs lately, you’ve probably noticed a huge price range; anywhere from fifty bucks (or less) all the way up to thousands of dollars!
As the trend towards remote work continues to grow, the more people are realizing the benefit of having a separate workspace.
But just having a home office space set up doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be more productive.
For example, you could have a room with a door, but if you have young children or animals at home with you, sound can quickly become an issue.
While you can set up shop in the corner of a closet or room, if setting aside – or building – an entire room for your home office is just not feasible, there are ways around it.
Enter the “portable office”.
The concept is not new.
From real estate agents to door to door salesmen, setting up a mobile/portable office is not a new idea.