Working from home comes with quite a few challenges, one of them being how to “set up” a home office. If you’re like me, you have a hard time staying focused and on-task, especially if you have little ones at home, and you long for a space of your own.
I am a year deep into my business, and I have learned quite a bit along the way. I have my desk/work area in a corner of my (small) living room, so you can see the dilemma I have of creating a “home office” for myself. I want to share with you the things I have purchased to help create my workspace and make it an ideal place to get my work done.
The best part of it all is that you can get most of these items on Amazon, which is what I did. After all, who wants to drag two toddlers to the store while you’re deciding what to get? Amiright? #onlineshoppingitis
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Big scale home office supplies
These are some of the bigger-ticket items that I needed to start my virtual assistant/blogging business. I didn’t purchase all of these things at once, and definitely not all in the beginning. I started with a desktop (already had it) and a printer, and as I started making money with my business, everything else came shortly after.
The most important thing you’ll need is a desk, your own space to work. I really wanted a desk that could be functional for everything I needed to do. I needed it to house a computer and printer, and also have space to write/do activities.
2. Office chair
Every good desk needs a comfortable office chair! Unless you opt for a standing desk (they are trending right now!) a great chair will definitely help when working long hours at your computer. You’ll want something with back support, and possibly armrests.
I like to create printables, as well as, have hard copies of (certain) things. I needed a good printer to do just that. I opted to get a wireless Bluetooth printer because I work from my phone a lot and sometimes need to print something straight away. This all in one machine is great for printing, scanning, and copying. Oh, and don’t forget the ink!
4. Wall calendar/planner
I love organization and need to be able to have a calendar to keep track of everything. The product that best fit my needs was a dry-erase wall calendar/bulletin board combo. I also opted to get a Happy Planner so that I can take my calendar on the go!
5. File cabinet
This can be entirely optional, however, I like to be sure that I have everything organized and in a safe place. Running a business is a professional job, and since I have my client’s personal information at my fingertips, I like to be sure it is kept in a safe place.
6. Surge protector/power strip
This is an important thing to have because you’ll have quite a few things to plug in at once. This also protects your computer/laptop if the power should ever go out.
7. If needed: a laptop or computer
I already had a desktop and a laptop, so I didn’t need to purchase one when I started my business. However, if you need to get one, here are a few great options!
8. Anti-virus (optional, but highly suggested)
When doing any kind of business, it’s important to make sure your computer is protected. That way, your work is safe, as well as your client’s information. I use (and always have used) McAfee anti-virus.
9. Microsoft Office (optional)
I use a Windows computer, so of course I have Microsoft Office. I combine it with using Google docs and other services. I use Publisher the most, as it is a great program to create worksheets and guides.
“Smaller-scale” office supplies
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These are some of the “smaller” home office supplies that I use at some point in my business (a lot of them daily):
- Mouse pad
- Desk organizers (various sizes/uses)
- Magazine holders
- Manila folders
- Hanging file folders
- Notepads/composition books
- Printer paper
- Correction tape
- Arm rest
- Thumb tacks
- Page protectors
The best part of these supplies is that you can find most of them during back to school sales. I usually get a few of each thing at that time because it is offered at a cheaper price. (Of course, don’t forget about Amazon’s Prime Day and Black Friday sales!)
I have always felt that if you love the environment you’re in, you are definitely more productive. A great way to do this is to decorate your area! Listed below are some of the things I have at my desk/office area to make it a warm and inviting environment:
Optional but useful items
These items aren’t essential to running a business, however, they are what I use in MY business for efficiency and organization.
- Ipad pro, Apple pencil, keyboard, carry case, lap desk
- 9 Cube shelf
- Hand sanitizer
- Back support
- Desk lamp
- Personal fan
- Business cards
- Storage boxes
- Hole puncher
- Paper shredder
- Monitor riser
- Extra monitors
- Earphones/air pods
Optional items I don’t use
These are some home office items that are available for certain business niches, however, I have not purchased or used any of them in my business.
- Cell phone stand
- Camera/photography equipment
A whole ‘nother area of running your own business consists of software, hardware, and business tools. Read this post to learn more about some of the tools you may need to run a smooth business.
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This is just a small list of things you can get to make a comfortable (and functional) home office for yourself. The best part of it all is that you can make it match and coordinate to your liking!
Leave me a comment below of the treasures you’ve found! And let me know if you’re as OBSESSED with Amazon as I am 🙂