This will apply to most since very few small business owners who have the ability to work from home can complete their work without a computer. Do your research so you can select a computer that meets your specific needs. You should consider a laptop if you intend to create a mobile office in addition to your home office.
High-Speed Internet Access
The days of being able to work with a dial-up connection are long gone. To work efficiently online, a broadband connection is essential.
Ideally, you will have space for a traditional desk where you create an ergonomically correct workstation. But, if you need to get creative, you can make a table, counter or other flat surface work.
Just as a good chair is important for an ergonomic home office, so is having adequate lighting levels. You don’t want to deal with headaches and eye strain from squinting or using lighting that makes it hard to read.
Telephone and/or VoIP
With VoIP technology, Internet-based phone services, and even mobile phones, you may not need a traditional landline telephone, but access to a phone service is usually necessary when working from home.
Not always required, a network router can be necessary if you have more than one computer that needs Internet access. Consider a wireless router if you have a laptop and computers located in different parts of your home.
Often overlooked, a surge protector should be a staple in any home office that uses computer equipment.
Printer or Multipurpose Machine
If you have a paperless office, you may be able to get away without having a printer, but there may be situations when you need to scan, fax and even make copies. If this is common in your business, look into multipurpose machines that can manage all of these tasks.
Backup Drive or Personal Server
Once your home office is up and running, you will need to have a plan for backing up and protecting your data. You can use cloud-based backup services to copy your files automatically, but it is also a good idea to consider having an in-house backup in place. External drives and personal servers are relatively affordable and can save your business in the case of computer failure.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
A UPS provides backup power for a limited time in case your electricity goes out because UPS can provide you with useful buffer time to save your work and safely shut down your equipment.
Even if you aim to be paperless, there are always some hard copy documents you need to hang on to. The best place to store these documents — and be able to find them later — is in a file cabinet.
Where will you keep pens, sticky notes, paper, folders, ink, business cards and other supplies? Consider purchasing a bookcase or shelving to store unused items in your home office