Home Office Checklist.

Working from home was easily one of the biggest trends of 2020. Spurred by the pandemic, remote work changed everything, from how we collaborate and communicate with one another to our professional environment. Whether you were working from home long before it became a necessity or are still getting in the groove, a smart office setup is crucial along with a good home office checklist.

As we discussed early on in the pandemic, having a productive workspace of your own is an absolute must if the transition to remote work is going to be a successful one. But the very idea of turning a corner of your living room or forgotten guest room into an office can be daunting – to put it mildly. Not only do you need a space where you can focus on your job, but that’s free of distraction for all those video calls and online meetings.

If you are a remote worker looking to create a welcoming and productive home office and aren’t sure where to start, this in-depth home office checklist aims to inspire. We all have unique needs, so we encourage you to go through this list and make note of your “must-haves” and go from there.

Home Office Checklist.

  • Computer – For some people, a laptop will suffice, but others may find dual monitors a better solution. Think about how you work and do your research before settling on a computer setup, as you want to make sure you will be comfortable and all your needs are met.
  • Broadband internet. – Second only to a good computer setup is broadband internet. If you are going to work efficiently from home, you need to make sure your internet is fast and stable.
  • Desk. – Whether you go with a standard office desk or are getting more creative with your workstation, make sure you won’t be cramped or uncomfortable. There are plenty of ergonomic options out there, and you definitely want a setup that will make it easy to partake in all those online meetings without hassle.
  • Comfortable chair. – A comfortable is just as – if not more – important than the desk you choose. While you can surely find a cheap chair at your local thrift, it may be worth it to invest in a good, ergonomic chair that won’t give you a backache.
  • VoIP setup. –  Depending on your business, an internet-based phone service like Vai’s VoIP is a revolutionary technology that could easily meet your needs. Not sure where to start? Check out our beginner’s guide to VoIP.

We’ve covered the basics, but it’s also important to consider investing in a good router, software for small business owners, printer, scanner, or multipurpose machine, surge protector, and cloud-based faxing service to add to your home office checklist. Depending on your line of work and home setup, a filing cabinet and paper shredder may also make working remotely a piece of cake.

  • Good router.
  • Software for small business owners.
  • Surge protector.
  • Printer or scanner.
  • Backup hard drive.
  • File cabinet, shelves, or other storage.
  • Paper shredder.

We hope you found some inspiration for establishing a smart office setup you will love from the above home office checklist. Once you have the furniture, accessories, tech, and creature comforts you need to be successful, the rest is up to you! To learn more about Vai’s VoIP phone offerings or feature-packed online meetings, reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members.