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Our checklist for the perfect home office

Bryan Smith
Apr 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Working from home seems like the dream job, but the reality is that while it can be comfortable and lucrative in terms of savings, it can be very challenging to stay productive when trying to tackle a tightly woven work-life balance.

In today’s fast-paced modern economy, there are reasons why working from home can be desirable to have a traditional brick and mortar office. For one, you may save quite a number of hours on your time commuting to and from work. It is hard to appreciate how much it costs to spend time sitting in your car racking up miles and minutes performing the same mundane task of just getting to work.

When your office is at home, and your work is highly digitally integrated as it tends to be in today’s technological world; you won’t be losing out on all that wasted time and money. But the main drawback is that it can be easy to keep you distracted from doing your actual work – so how can you best equip yourself for a perfect home office?

Hardware

There’s no disputing that there is a hierarchy when it comes to tech hardware. The desktop rules supreme, still when it comes to how productive you can be. This is followed by laptops, tablets, and phones.

The reason why desktops are more productive than phones is the fact that you can make and accept phone calls directly from your PC while sitting down in your most comfortable chair by using VoIP.

Laptops are great for travel but tend to have less computing power and more ‘improvised’ setups than desktops. For a perfect home office, a powerful, dedicated desktop computer with a good internet connection and peripheral equipment makes it at the top of our tech hardware recommendations.

Software

A computer is only as good as its software. Every computer needs an operating system – whether that’s Windows, Mac, Linux, or all three from separate bootable drives, you’ll find that your productivity can remain largely unchanged in today’s tech environment because so much technology is browser-based.

However, enterprise-level applications, such as photoshop, blender, CAD software, and SambaLive work best as stand-alone applications that are often pretty specific about which OS you are using.

No matter the nature of your work, you will fundamentally always have to communicate in order to conduct business. What if we told you that there was one single application that you could do sales pitches to prospective clients from, coordinate with other remote team members, do internal training, fully integrate digital marketing, and even host webinars and do product launches from?

Samba Live does all of that in one smooth cross-platform integration. As a home office application for individuals who work from home, it’s indispensable as an all-in-one solution for the most important business demand: communication. It is designed to harmonize with your existing business specialty by streamlining much if not virtually all of your communication needs in one organized application with an intuitive and simple design that is easy to use.

Additional equipment

One of the reasons why we heavily recommend desktops for the perfect home office is because of how versatile they are with integrating with extra equipment.

Desktops can easily support multiple monitors, and once you have lived with multiple monitors you will wonder how you ever lived with only one. Additionally, desktops are modular, so you can easily upgrade just the components as you see fit. Do you want to upgrade your webcam from being able to capture 1080p to 4k resolution? That is much easier to do with a desktop than it is to do with a laptop’s integrated camera.

You can and should consider getting a high-quality desktop microphone, a set of speakers, a set of headphones, a webcam, a printer, and diffused desk lighting for your home office setup.

The diffused lighting is not only smoother and less stressful to be under during the nights you’ll spend working, but when you use video conferencing the diffused lighting doesn’t cast harsh shadows and will make your picture come in much clearer. Natural light is the best to use, but diffused lamp light simulates natural light.

Lastly, you are going to want to use at least a surge protector for your tech equipment – or if you are very invested, you could spring for an uninterruptible power supply, which is a surge protector with a built-in battery backup.

This is quite nice if you have your router and modem at your home office desk.

Furniture

Tech equipment is great, but you’re going to need a place to put it. A sturdy desk with a lot of room is really important for a home office. Important documents tend to gather in your work-space, and without ample places to store them both temporarily and long-term, you can find yourself quickly overwhelmed with clutter.

A business card holder to store and display your business cards adds a level of professionalism to your home office that you should consider having.

Your home office is a place where you will spend time. A lot of time. A good chair is a must-have for any home office. Not just one, though. Because a home office is also a place to have face-to-face meetings with clients and team members. Make sure that you don’t neglect to have a comfortable place to sit and engage for potential business guests that you will have in your home. And also don’t forget about the desk accessories you need for productive work.

Lastly, it can be easy to overlook that businesses do tend to generate a lot of important documents that will require long-term storage in a way that they can easily be found when searched for. Not all of these will be digital, in fact, the most important documents tend to be hard-copies.

Luckily, this is why file cabinets were invented and popularized. They are also surprisingly easy to get your hands on if you look for second-hand file cabinets.

All together

A perfect home office is a place at home where you can meet with people face-to-face, or coordinate with them online in virtual meetings. It’s a place where you can self-organize, and do work from.

There’s no one thing that makes a home office perfect. It’s a concert of all the elements that make a place for your life to be as productive as it needs to be.

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