Today, working at home is common. Approximately one in five employed Americans works at home at least occasionally.
According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, about 3.3 million Americans work primarily out of a home-based office. That’s an 80% increase since 2005.If you’re working out of a home office, you probably don’t need to be told that you need a computer, an Internet connection, a printer, and assorted business software. (And, if you’re like me, an enormous stack of scratch paper to take notes and write down ideas.) But there are some things that any work-from-home business shouldn’t be without. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of these often-underestimated items.
One of the great things about working at home is the flexibility. There’s a better chance of achieving a workable balance between your professional life and your personal life. The problem with working at home is that you sometimes forget you are actually working.
It’s all too easy to relax and let seemingly insignificant things slide.Sometimes, in the interest of saving money, telecommuters and other home-based workers may skimp on seemingly nonessential technology. Here are a few things that you should really try to work into your budget:
You’re not obligated to use the cloud as your backup system. Lest we forget, there is such a thing as onsite backup. This could be an external hard drive, a second computer, even a capacious USB drive.
The important thing is to regularly backup your files, whether they’re on the cloud or stored in another device. Cloud services do have one benefit; you may be able to sync them with your computer so that all changes are automatically backed up.
What would you include on a must-have list for home-based business technology? What have you found to be nonessential—and what is indispensable?
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