Generally when working at a job outside of the home, everything that you need is provided to you. Working from home means providing all of your own supplies and tools. It can be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out what is necessary when just starting out.
One of my favorite things to do when I began working from home was visiting the local office supply place and just browsing through all the rows of paper, pens, folders, files, labels, and desk accessories. I spent a whole lot of money on items that I thought that I needed. Years later and I am pretty sure some of them are lurking, untouched somewhere in my house.
I would love to share my top 5 tools for working from home with you. These are the items that I find very necessary in being a work at home mom.
- Wireless Internet – While I find myself being most productive when working from my desk, it is not always possible to be there. I am just as likely to work from my kitchen table or at a local coffee shop and I need the ability to be online anywhere.
- Pen and paper – Some people prefer to brainstorm and make lists on their computer. I like to do it with good old fashioned pen and paper. There is nothing quite as satisfying as crossing something off a list with a big line. I have a large stock of legal pads and each project gets its own. Plus I have a lined journal that I try to carry with me at all times to take notes and brainstorm in.
- A Calendar – Planning is a big key to being productive. I like having a big calendar on the wall to make notes on, write down all appointments and events, and keep a minimal schedule. Using an online calendar that can sync with your smartphone is also super helpful.
- Laptop computer – I make my living in the online world and having a computer is a must have. Closely related to tool number 1, it is necessary that I am not bound to a desktop computer. From personal experience, purchase the best that you can afford and have a reliable method of backing up your data.
- Kid’s Activity Box – Having kids underfoot can make it very difficult to get anything done. Fill up an empty box with coloring books, craft projects, stickers, stamps, play dough and other fun items that your kids only get to play with while you are working. It never fails, your kids could be happily playing and you sit down to get some work done. They suddenly become very bored, hungry, etc and need your attention right away. Pull out the box and get back to work. At least for 10 minutes!
I hope that my favorite tools help you out. Share in the comments below what your favorite ones are.