Home-Office Essentials and Supplies

Home-Office Essentials and Supplies

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After you’ve gotten your home office set up with our list of Top 10 Home-Office Essentials, use this checklist to make sure you’ve got all your other home-office supply needs covered.

Desk supply basics

You may think these items are passé but trust us, when you just want to jot down a quick number, staple those receipts together so you don’t lose them, or stick a note by the light switch so you don’t forget to take your laptop, these items are what keep an office running smoothly.

Computer basics

With smaller, smarter, and faster processors on the market, setting up a small home office with big efficiencies is easy. From powerful ultrabooks and laptops to wireless printers, portable keyboards, and routers, your home office can be as minimal or as extravagant as you want it — for less money than you’d think. Keep these items on your list so that you can start properly planning.

Office organization basics

Sure, most of your paperwork is neatly stacked in piles that used to be easy to remember; but now, it’s finally time to get serious about small home office organization. Sort, label, and file on a weekly basis, and you’ll no longer have to have your spouse hold a rope as you climb over mountains of paperwork.

Packing and mailing basics

Do you sell stuff? Do you buy stuff? Do people need to see your work to truly appreciate it? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’ll need to set up a mini mailroom. Just get the basics, and you’ll never (well almost never) have to wait in those long, slow lines at your local post office or shipping center.

Productivity software basics

Of course, no modern office would be complete without the right bookkeeping, productivity, organizational and email software to keep business finances, projects and communications on track.

Beyond what you need for your home office, there’s nothing wrong with adding a little personality to your work space. Here are a few items that can really help you feel at home in your home office.

Around the desk

From the task chair in electric blue to the clear but compact desk and hutch, this is your space —  and since you’re at home, you can make it as bold or as simple as you want. Just remember, you may have clients visit, so keep color schemes consistent and patterns subtle.

Computing made better

Depending on your occupation or small business needs, your home office may “require” a few extras that make your tasks a lot easier. From a second monitor to help with multitasking or a wireless phone headset to prevent serious trips to the chiropractor to a tablet PC to show your work to clients, don’t skip what may seem like luxuries but will save you time and money down the road.

Extras for the office

Lastly, consider these items to make working in your office a little easier and more pleasant. A dry erase board is a great place to capture brainstorm sessions or ideas for organizing your projects. And a little well-chosen decor can bring a little of the "home" into your home office, without detracting from its "work-space" feel.

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