Posted by : Amanda Stein Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Anyone who works from home and is a bit of a gadget fan can surround themselves with all sorts of exciting stuff these days. In fact, you could end up getting so blinded by new products that you start to neglect the basic stuff you need in order to do a good job. The following are a few of the items you should be sure to keep on taking care of in order to make the most of your home office.
Your Overworked PC
Most people who work from home put their PC through a lot of work each day. You might be tempted by other more modern gadgets such as fancy lights and desk organisers but your desktop computer is probably the mainstay of your home office. This is quite possibly the one piece of technology which you simply can’t do without, so it makes sense to look after it as well as you can.
This means carries out regular maintenance checks and making sure that you have a top class antivirus program on it. If you use this machine for just about everything you do then you might find that it becomes filled with documents very quickly and needs to be cleaned out fairly regularly. With modern advances and programs you might find that your PC becomes outdated quicker than you would have expected.
If you find that it is running more slowly than you would like, it might make sense to upgrade on a reasonably regular basis, as a slow PC will mean that you get through less work than you would do on a speedy, modern one.
Your Faithful Printer
One of the staples of any home office is the printer. Even if you don’t use this very often you never know when you might need to print something off at short notice. To make sure that you are fully prepared for any such occasion you need to ensure that it is always in working order and that you have enough ink and paper to cope with any urgent jobs which crop up.
By buying in advance on the internet you can keep up your levels of stock and also get the best prices on things such as paper and Epson and Canon printer cartridges. If your printer lies idle for a long time then you should run off a test print every now and then to make sure that it is still in perfect working order. If you haven’t upgraded to a multifunction printer then this is another step you should think about taking.
Your Surprisingly Advanced Chair
The first two points cover the main pieces of technology that you should concentrate on but there is one more to look at before you head off to check out Darth Vader clocks and cute little vacuum cleaners for your keyboard. You might not consider your home office chair to be a piece of technology but a quick look online will show you that the options are no longer restricted to merely choosing one with wheels or one without.
You can now get reclining kneeling chairs, fully adjustable models, exercise ball chairs and even ones which give you a massage which you are typing out your reports or making phone calls. As you probably spend a lot of time sitting down here you will want to get the best model you can afford. This will help you avoid back pains or posture problems in the future and will also keep you comfortable and relaxed while you work. There are even chairs around now with built in screens and speakers as well as ones with heated seats for those extra cold days.
Take care of your home office technology and it will enable you to be a successful and productive professional.
Author Bio: Ian Appleton is a home worker who likes to surround himself with new technology but who knows the importance of having a reliable PC and getting good deals on office paper and Canon printer cartridges.