Working from home can be fun, exciting, and even relaxing. You eliminate the commute with heavy traffic and the annoying co-worker who follows you into the bathroom to finish their story. But without the right tech, you might find that working from home ends up being stressful, frustrating, and difficult. Consider the following tech that you’ll need to update before working from home.
You’re going to need to print at least a few things when you’re working from home. Having a printer that’s up to the task is important. You’ll want one that isn’t an ink hog and prints smoothly, easily, and quickly. If you’re printing lots of pages, you may want to consider a laser printer over an inkjet.
Your router is the device that connects your computer and the other devices in your home to the internet. And if it’s more than a few years old, it may be slow and outdated. Getting a new router can increase your internet speed significantly. Many internet providers offer a router when you sign up for internet service if you don’t want to spend extra money on a new one. You might also shop around and see if other internet providers can offer you higher speed and lower prices than your current provider.
One of the most talked about parts of working from home in the last year has been all the online meetings. A good quality webcam is imperative to making a good, professional impression. The one that might have come built into your laptop or that’s good enough for chatting with Grandma might not be good enough for working meetings. Look for one that offers HD quality resolution and expect to pay a little more.
There are lots of passwords to manage when you’re working on various projects and using multiple tools. When you work in the office, they might not require you to log in with the password all the time. Working from home, however, probably means logging in every time. A good password manager will relieve you of needing to remember a dozen or more passwords and also give you the protection of preventing anyone else from accessing them.
Whether you work from home temporarily or permanently, setting yourself up with all the right, up-to-date tech matters. It will make work easier and faster. Even better, it will make your personal internet usage nicer too.