Modern life can be hectic, particularly when you’re trying to balance work, life and family. Convenience that won’t cost you an arm and leg is the key if you want to juggle it all. We are all constantly looking at ways to save a few minutes in our day and a few pennies here and there so let technology help!
You can actually treat yourself to a mini home office setup without resorting to selling your first born. You just have to be savvy about it. Here are some of our tips.
Carve Out An Area
You don’t necessarily need a lot of space for a mini home office. Considering housing prices, many of us are lucky to be able to have any extra space at all.
The great thing about modern tech is that it’s generally built for convenience. The corner of a room can be easily converted into exactly what you need. If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out Pinterest to see what other people have done with small office spaces. You could also let the Swedish Gods of design and efficiency over at IKEA help.
Do you really need a PC?
Perhaps it would be easier and more convenient if you were rocking a laptop or an iPad. Not only will this save on space and make you mobile, it’s potentially more cost effective. If a few members of the household need regular access to a machine, it may make more sense that everyone has their own device.
Let’s not forget that desktops, and even larger laptop models are becoming increasingly superfluous to anyone who isn’t a designer or hardcore gamer.
Get A Printer
We may be living in the digital age, but paper documents are still imperative to our work and home lives. Work reports and school assignments still require hard copies. We’ve all seen those 11pm Facebook updates asking if anyone has a printer and what time Officeworks opens.
Having a printer at home will save you time and hassle. No more frantic digging for USB sticks with one shoe on, your abandoned coffee going cold on the counter.
A common misconception is that printers can be more hassle than they’re worth. Many of us have had trouble in the past when trying to get them to talk to our computers. Or have attempted to change the ink cartridges, only to be rewarded with inked stained fingers and an error message for our efforts.
Then there’s the price to think about. Most of us have gotten to the point where we printed in an odd colour out of sheer desperation.
But once again, technology is your friend. Work reports and the kid’s homework don’t have destroy your budget. Printer’s like Epson’s EcoTank are convenient, can fit snuggly into a small space and are cost effective.
EcoTank printers come with enough ink to last two years and can be topped up easily with Epson Ink Bottles which are drip free and only $16.99 a pop. No more wondering if the boss or teacher will notice that the assignment is in dark blue!
Crying over ugly, tangled cords can be a thing of the past!
Sure, we still need a few, but you can minimise them depending on the tech you choose. This is great if your mini setup is in a compact area, or if you want to be able to work or watch cat videos from anywhere in the house.
You don’t even need wires taking up valuable space to print anymore. Many printers have embraced the wireless revolution — and not just with computers. They let you print from anywhere, even using your mobile devices as tablets, through Epson Connect, as well as scan documents for storage in the cloud.