Whether your home office is a dedicated space or a desk in the corner of the kitchen, kitting it out correctly is vital. These are our recommendations for five key areas where the right technology makes all the difference.
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All of our recommendations for general office use apply here too; we've concentrated on gear that is particularly useful in a home office environment.
We'd absolutely recommend backing up your work automatically to the cloud; check out our favourite cloud storage providers and our guide to automating backup. However, no backup solution should rely on a single point of failure. If you set up a home server, you'll have an additional layer of backup, and an ideal location to store larger files you don't access often. Check out our detailed guide to setting up a home server for more details.
We don't live in a paperless world yet, and there will still be times when you require printed documents for presentations, airline check-ins, or financial records. For maximum flexibility, get an all-in-one unit that also includes a scanner; that way, you can scan and dispose of lots of documents, cutting down on the need for home filing.
There are two reasons you need a shredder. Firstly, once you've scanned all those documents like bank statements, you need to make sure they can't be used for identity theft. Secondly, shredding paper is strangely therapeutic. Don't skimp on a manual version; you want the satisfying sound of paper grinding. Shredder picture from Shutterstock
We're enormous enthusiasts for standing desks, and in a home environment you don't have the hassle of persuading your boss to purchase one. You don't have to spend a fortune either; a quick visit to IKEA will sort you out. It takes time to adjust to a standing desk, but it changes your whole approach to work.
Yes, sometimes taking a break and heading out to grab a coffee is good for your productivity. But if you're not near a cafe or you tend to get distracted while out, adding a coffee machine will make your work environment more pleasant. Budget-minded? Think ALDI. Don't want cleaning hassle? Think Nespresso. Coffee snob? Buy some expensive gear and take a barista course. If nothing else, that will give you a second source of income.
Stay tuned this week for more must-have tech recommendations. Tomorrow: tech for travel.