Its been about a year since I started working from home and, let me tell you, having an efficient office space has been so important.
Not only does it enable me to get things done quickly and easily, but it also makes my work space both comfortable and productive.
Whether you’re setting up your home office for the first time or needing to get your existing office whipped into shape, give these 26 home office must haves a shot and you will be amazed at how much more productive you are.
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Home office must haves and tips.
How to set up a good home office.
I’ve found the key to setting up a good home office is making it functional.
Do this by thing through how you plan to use your office, what makes that process easier or faster, and how can you make sure each of those elements are productive and safe.
Which is exactly what I’ve been doing while my office is a lovely, well decorated space, I quickly discovered it wasn’t all so functional when I actually started working in it.
So over the last few months, I’ve worked hard to make that pretty space into an efficient and productive home office.
I hope this simple list of home office must haves helps you get your office set up for success.
Home office essentials list.
Ok, lets get to the good stuff! Here are the 26 items you should make sure you have in your home office.
In today’s day and age, it’s critical that you have a fast, reliable computer to use for your small business.
Depending on your preference, both lap top and desk tops are great options.
Obviously, as a blogger, I do most of my work on the computer, so I invested in a nice one.
If you choose to use a desk top computer, be sure to get a decent sized monitor and place it on a stand if needed to make it the right height.
You can also hook up a laptop to a larger monitor if you want to.
One of the things that can make or break your success is having the right software.
Again, think through what your business needs to work well – is that a word processor? spread sheets? photo editing?
Make a list of what you need to do your work and then research the best options for each.
Having a quality printer/scanner has been a game changer for me!
Prior to getting my current printer, I always struggled when I needed to print something, and now I can print wirelessly from any where in my home. It’s amazing!
Be sure to do some research and find one that fits on your printer station and has the features you need for your business.
5 Tech support
I truly believe that one of the most important things to have in place for your home office is reliable tech support.
Imagine setting up your home office with all of the expensive equipment listed here only to have an issue that you can’t fix on your own and no one to call.
The thought of dealing with technical issues has always stressed me out – I mean, my entire business is done online so having someone to call with questions (no matter how big or small) is huge for me. It’s like having my own IT department.
6 wireless mouse
I seriously can’t live without my wireless mouse.
They’re easy to use and simple to pack up and take with you if you’re working remotely.
7 wireless keyboard
Another thing you’ll need is a keyboard! The wireless ones are easy to use and convenient for keeping cords to a minimum.
8 High speed internet
High speed internet is a serious home office must have.
Check with your local provider for which speed is going to be best for the type of online work your plan to do.
9 wireless router
Now that you have internet, a wireless router makes things much more efficient.
Not having to have your computer plugged into the internet cable allows you to work anywhere in your office or even the rest of your home.
10 Back up drive or cloud storage.
I was once told that it’s important to save your files in three places – on your computer, on a back up drive and to the cloud.
I’ll be honest, at this point I’m only doing two of those, but either way, make sure you have a back up of all your files somewhere.
Most likely you already have a smart phone but if you don’t – be sure to get a land line so you can have a phone number and a way for people to call your company.
12 Paper shredder
If you deal with any confidential information, having a paper shredder is definitely one of the home office must haves you’re going to need. Be sure to recycle the paper after you shred it.
13 USB drive
Even with cloud storage, it’s important to have physical ways to save files and take them with you or give them to other people.
Keep a low cost USB stick on hand for the random times you need that capability.
14 Head phones with a mic
Head phones are nice when working remotely or when someone is in the office with you.
I’ve also found that using head phones with a built in mic is more effective on conference calls or video chats than the mic on my computer.
15 Surge protector
A surge protector can keep your electronics safe in case of a power surge. They’re an affordable way to protect your expensive equipment, so don’t skip this one.
How well your desk functions will be critical to your success – so think hard about what size and height you need.
Also consider if you want one that can rise to a standing position.
I actually started with a desk that was way too small for me, and it made working so frustration.
I finally realized I needed one that was large enough for my computer, a note pad on one side and my planner on the other – that’s 5′ wide!
So just make sure you think through your preferences and needs before buying one.
It might sound cheesy, but getting a quality chair is extremely important for your body’s health and well being.
Especially if your sitting init working alot of hours in the day.
Opt for one that’s ergonomic and sits you at the right height for your desk top.
18 Adequate lighting
If your home office doesn’t have an abundance of windows be sure to have enough lighting to make it easy on your eyes to work.
This could include a floor lamp to light up the entire room or a desk lamp to focus on your desk top.
19 File cabinet
If your keeping your office well-organized you’re most likely going to need a file cabinet for filing your records.
Many desks come with one in their drawers, but if not, you can get small ones on wheels that roll under your desk top or into a corner.
Have a few storage cabinets or cupboards for your back stock supplies.
We purchased and hung some basic white cabinets in my office specifically for that.
21 fire proof safe.
Keep your valuables safely stowed away in a fire proof safe.
This can be stored in your desk or a cabinet, just make sure it’s easily accessible.
22 personal decor
As I’m sure you know, I’m a huge fan of making things pretty.
I also like having personalized items in my space to make it feel more like me.
I’d encourage you to add photos, art, signs, pillows, blankets, even rugs to your home office and make it feel more like your space.
Real plants have been known to add quality to the air, and I’ve found that even faux plants add a cheerful element. Try adding a small one to your desk.
24 White board or cork board
Hang a white board or board on the wall for writing notes or reminders to yourself.
I actually use my white board to schedule out my week using sticky notes- which just goes to show that you can use it in what ever way you need to keep yourself on track.
Having and using a planner will make you a lot more efficient because it will help you keep track of what needs to be done.
Grab one that organizes time the way you generally think about it – in days, weeks, or months.
26 Back stock of supplies
Always keep a full stock of your needed office supplies in one of your storage cabinets.
This could include paper, paper clips, pens, scissors, staples, etc.
New office step up check list.
Now, lets review these home office must haves in list form (since it’s my favorite way to see information)
- 1. Computer
- 2. monitor
- 3. software
- 4. printer/scanner
- 5. Tech support
- 6. wireless mouse
- 7. wireless key board
- 8. high speed internet
- 9. wireless router
- 10. back up drive or cloud storage
- 11. telephone
- 12. paper shredder
- 13. USB
- 14. head phones with mic
- 15. surge protector
- 16. desk
- 17 chair
- 18. lighting
- 19. file cabinet
- 20. Storage
- 21. safe
- 22. personalized decor
- 23. plants
- 24. white board or cork board
- 25. planner
- 26. Back stock of supplies
I hope these simple ideas for setting up your office in an efficient and productive way were helpful!