Working remotely is a great option for WAHMs, providing the benefits of staying home with the kids while earning a steady income. As digital technology and electronic gadgets continue to improve, working from home gets more and more feasible and beneficial. Here are 7 items you can use to make working away from the office even more pleasant:
1. Wireless Internet
With a wireless router installed in your home and a laptop, you don't have to be nailed to the chair in your home office to work. If it's a sunny day outside, you can work remotely from your deck. If it's a cloudy or gloomy day, you could even stay in bed to get some work done. Make sure to password protect your home network, so your neighbors can't connect to your wireless Internet connection.
2. Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
If you have a desktop, you can still enjoy the benefits of not sitting in your home office chair. Install a wireless mouse and keyboard. If you have a large enough monitor, you can be away from your desk and multitask using these items.
3. Phone Headset
A telephone headset will run you around $15 to $30 at an electronics store. Buy one with an earpiece and a microphone. You can answer calls and still keep your hands free for typing or other tasks while you talk with clients.
4. USB Flash Drive
If you have multiple computers in your home, but don't have them networked together, a USB flash drive can solve issues with transferring large data files. If you were working in the kitchen on your laptop, but need a file moved to the desktop computer in the home office, put the file on the flash drive to transfer it. These handy little gadgets can be purchased for as little as $5 to $10.
5. Networking Cables
If using a flash drive gets too tedious, you could purchase cables to network your home computers together. You may have to hire a contractor to run cables under the floor or through the ceiling, to connect computers in different rooms to each other. Newer computers come with wireless Internet pre-installed, making it much easier to network them together.
6. Cell Phone
Purchase a prepaid cell phone to use for all business calls. This can help with time management. If the home phone rings, you'll know it's not a client and you can let the answering machine pick it up. If the business cell phone rings, you'll know it's a client calling, and you'd better answer. Most cell phones come with a headset you can use to keep your hands free. You could also go with an iPhone, which comes with a multitude of additional features, such as Internet access, personal data storage and of course, music.
7. Printer, Fax, Scanner
Purchase a multi-function printer that can also scan and fax documents. Scanning color documents and faxing them can be beneficial to your clients when working remotely. Many new printers can also convert scanned documents to PDF format, so they can be emailed to clients. If you can't purchase a multi-function printer, but need to receive faxes, you can set up a fax line through websites like www.efax.com, and have faxes sent to your email.
You should consider all of these options, to help make working remotely as comfortable and easy as possible. These solutions are affordable and make it possible for you to work from home.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.