According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24 percent of employed people did some or all their work at home in 2015 (latest data). Other surveys claim that percentage is up to 43 of all employed people who’ve spent at least some time telecommuting. My generation and younger are forcing employers to break down the traditional working structure. The argument for it is more productivity and employee retention.
I have worked from home for the last decade. At first, it was a little lonely to telecommute. No more water cooler gossip, no more walking over to someone’s office to resolve an issue. I had to learn to be disciplined with my work, as productive as possible, and give myself the tools at home and the road to succeed.
Here are some items I highly recommend for anyone looking to set up a home office.
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- Varidesk – Height Adjustable Standing Desk – ProPlus 36 White
Sitting for long periods of time throughout the day is detrimental for your health. Having a height adjustable desk can help you: lower your risk of weight gain and obesity, may lower blood sugar levels (recommend standing after meals), may lower risk for heart disease, reduce chronic back pain, improve mood and energy levels, help you live longer, and be more productive.
As a result of this data, companies like Varidesk have grown rapidly because everyone understands the benefits. Adjustable height desks are the number 1 request at my company’s head office.
It is recommended to split your day 50/50 between sitting and standing.
2. Steelcase Amia Task Chair: Platinum Frame/Base 4 way adjustable arms – standard carpet casters
For those of you that need to sit during the day, make sure you have a chair that is ergonomically designed to support your body posture. Having one will improve your posture and overall productivity. You’ll thank me after sitting in this chair all day.
This chair offers:
Classic design to provide all day comfort
Back includes a system of flexors for continuous lower back support as you move throughout the day
Keeps your body aligned to your work throughout the day as you recline and switch positions
Seat contours to you, while a flexible seat edge relieves pressure on the back of your legs as you recline or lean forward
4-way adjustable arms move side to side, up and down, back and forth, and pivot to support you in any posture
12 Year Steelcase Warranty
3. TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp, Eye-caring Table Lamps, Dimmable Office Lamp with USB Charging Port, Touch Control, 5 Color Modes, White, 12W, Official Member of Philips EnabLED Licensing Program
Don’t forget to get a good desk lamp for your desk as well. This lamp is a best seller on Amazon with multiple modes and a handy usb charging port. Don’t strain your eyes unnecessarily and fatigue yourself.
4. HP OfficeJet Pro 8710 All-in-One Wireless Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink Ready
Make duplicate copies or disseminate information with this HP OfficeJet Pro printer. Its compact footprint doesn’t take up a lot of space, and InkJet technology offers clear images and text for plain paper copying and beyond. An easy-feed tray on this HP OfficeJet Pro makes quick work of even large tasks.
5. Apple 13″ MacBook Pro, Retina, Touch Bar, 3.1GHz Intel i5 Dual Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Silver (Newest Version)
This is the computer that I’ve been using to start and write my blog, do all of my personal finances, and any business tasks. It’s a workhorse machine that doesn’t let me down.
Fast processor, great looking Retina display, and a generally great looking product. Apple really nailed this one.
6. Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Inch Wi-Fi + Quality Photo Accessories (Latest Apple Tablet) 2017 Model. (64 GB, Silver)
Tablets like the iPad Pro are a great mobile tool to have so you’re not carrying your laptop everywhere. Sync everything on the cloud and go! It’s a great presentation tool for large or small audiences. Also, great for catching up on your reading and movies on the plane. Buy the iPad Pro and stay productive on the go!
7. Field Notebook – 5″x8″ – Assorted Colors – Lined Memo Book – Pack of 5
I love these for business meetings or when a good idea pops into my head. It’s small enough to carry around in a bag but not so small that you can’t write comfortably in it.
Some of you may think, why not just use your tablet or phone to take notes? I guess I’m old fashioned that way and like to get pen to real paper. It helps me remember something when I physically write it down.
8. AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder
Don’t know about you guys but I love shredding paper. The sound very soothing to my ears. Plus, it helps prevent identity theft and fraud! Here is Amazon’s choice for paper shredder. Great for a home office and won’t kill you with the price.
9. SONGMICS Steel File Cabinet 3 Drawer with Lock Mobile Pedestal Under Desk Fully Assembled Except Casters Black UOFC60BK
Every office needs a file cabinet. Check out this best seller on Amazon – available in black or white
10. Echo Show – White + Echo Dot – White
Like many people in the world, I love Amazon products. The Echo show and Echo dot are great to have in your office to play music, check the news, the weather, or whatever you want it to. It’s also great to use as an intercom in case you need to communicate with someone in other parts of your house. If you are like me, my office is in the basement so this function comes in pretty handy for me.