I’ve been freelancing for a long time now, and there are a few things that I’ve learned about working from home.
It’s really tempting to see the low overheads of home working and use it as an excuse to not invest a penny on your equipment. This, I discovered, is entirely the wrong way to go about it.
As a freelancer, your home space is also your work space. You need to dedicate an area or a room that is just for work. You also need to develop a routine that involves you going to said area to work, and not unplugging the laptop to retreat to the sofa.
If you want to start making money by working from home as a writer, blogger, dropshipper, graphic designer, or any other number of remote working jobs, there are a few things you’re definitely going to need…
1 . A Chair
A decent ergonomic chair, that is: the sofa or a comfy armchair won’t cut it.
There are plenty of office chairs available, so make sure you find one that suits you. I’m a hefty six footer with plenty of cookie weight added on, and have found this budget chair with a mesh back actually did a much better job than some expensive office chairs I’ve had in the past.
Find a chair that has arm rests, a gas lift for suspension, and the right lumbar support for you.
Poor posture can ruin your life, and reduce the time you’re able to work. Invest what you can in a decent chair, and the rest of the equipment can follow when you have saved up again.
2. A Table
OK, perhaps you need a chair AND a table to get started. The kitchen table will work fine to begin with, but it’s worth investing in a proper desk. This will give you a dedicated work area, so you’re not needing to clear away your files and laptop every time your children get home from school.
If you have the budget, stretch to an adjustable desk. The sitting/standing desks will help you to keep active during the day, preventing you from sitting for long periods of time.
If you’re stuck for space, consider a pull-down desk that can be tucked away when not in use.
The whole point of not using an existing dining table when working from home is that this is your work space. It’s not your cooking area, your coffee and chat zone, or your crafting space. A separate desk not only helps your posture, but will ensure you designate a mental – and physical – space for your work.
3. A Laptop