Office Equipment, Furniture, and Supplies

my-home-office-jon-norrisThere are certain things that every office needs and lots of other stuff that may come in handy.  Today, we’re going to go over some of them.

 

What you need is going to vary depending somewhat on your line of work.  But some items are just plan essential to any office. I hope that when you are done reading this, you’ll have a good idea of what you absolutely need in your office and also what you want.

 

Let’s break this down into smaller bite sized categories so that it doesn’t feel overwhelming.  Keep in mind, this isn’t meant to be a list of things you need to run out and buy.  It’s just to help you plan out your working environment.  Besides, before you buy anything, I’d be willing to bet you have some things already.

 

Office Furniture

Desk

What’s the first thing you think of when you think about any office?  Likely it’s a desk.  To do any work at all you’re going to need a surface to do it on.  There are lots of options and some pretty fancy desks to swoon over.   But if you’re just starting out and need to watch your pennies, get creative.

 

You can use a folding table or something very simple. The main goal is a flat surface to put your stuff on.  I’ve even seen people use a door laid flat across two small filing cabinets. It actually worked pretty well.

 

Chair

Keep in mind when you’re deciding on an office chair that you’re going to spend a lot of time in that chair.  It’s worth getting something that is comfortable.  Of course, I love a chair on wheels that swivels around.  They come in a wide range of quality and price.   If you go with a lower end one for now that’s fine but you will at some point want to upgrade.

 

Filing Cabinet

How many physical files do you think you’ll need?  If you’ve got a desk with a file drawer in it and you won’t be needing much in the way of physical documents that may be plenty for you.  If not, pick up at least a little 2 drawer filing cabinet.  You’d be surprised how much you’ll use it.

 

As far as furniture goes, those three things will be enough to get you started.

 

Technology

Computer

At the top of the list for office technology is a computer.  No matter what industry you’re in, you will inevitably need one. You can do a lot of things on a smart phone now-a-days but in your office you will be much more productive on an actual computer.

 

Desktop, Laptop, that’s up to you.  If you might need to work outside of your office occasionally than a laptop is the way to go.  A desktop on the other hand, will usually give you more power for less money.  Most of them come with a keyboard and mouse but you’ll need a monitor too.   Think about the type of work you’ll be doing and how much of it will be done from you home office.

 

Software and/or Apps

Among the most important is internet security software.  After that it’s pretty much based on what you need to do.  Consider Microsoft Office for documents, spreadsheets, email and presentations.  QuickBooks is a great option for bookkeeping and accounting.  There are tons of choices and industry specific software but these would be good to start with.

 

Printer

What will you need to print?  How often?  You could go with a monochrome document printer if that’s all you ever need to print.  But honestly, you can probably find a comparable color printer in the same price range.  And that can come in handy.

 

My personal choice, a color laser printer with auto-duplexing (printing on both sides of the page automatically), these suckers are awesome!

 

Make a habit of keeping a backup ink or toner cartridge on hand.  When you install your backup, get a new one.

 

Paper Shredder

This may not seem essential to you now but it’s a great way tool for keeping private information private before it leaves your office in the trash can.

 

Internet Connection

Some home business’s do all of their work online.  Even if that’s not the case for you, at some point you will need it.   Most of us will already have this in our home.  So it’s just a matter of making sure it’s available in your office. Which leads me to the next items on this list:

 

Modem and Router

A modem is what brings the internet from the outlet to your computer.  A wireless router allows you to access it without being physically plugged in to it.  Usually your internet provider supplies you with a modem.  A lot of them have the wireless router built right in.

 

Office Supplies

 

This is a wide range, I know.  Here’s a short list to get you wheels turning.

  • File folders
  • Stamps
  • Paper – notebook paper, printer paper, & envelopes
  • Organization Supplies – file folders, post-it notes, labels
  • Pens, pencils, & Highlighters
  • Tape
  • Paper clips & binder clips
  • Scissors
  • Trash Can
  • Calculator
  • Stapler

Did I miss anything?  Probably. What do you find absolutely essential in your home office?  Leave us a comment and share your ideas.

 

To Your Continued Success,

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