Technology has made it easier to work from home than ever before, allowing employees to log in to their office systems using a VPN, video chat with others on their team, and access an array of files stored in the cloud. But even though the technology available makes it easier to work from home, residences haven’t gotten any bigger. This causes many people to conclude they simply can’t work from home – there’s nowhere to work!
With a little extra innovation and the right technology, however, almost any home can play host to a mini-office. From flat screen computers mounted on the wall to tiny wireless scanners, you could even work from your RV while roaming the country if you can get a signal.
Get Smart About Space
Depending on how minimalist you’re feeling about your home office design, you have a few options when it comes to creating your workspace. For those who need little more than a computer and keyboard, the urban studio approach may work – just tuck a tiny desk next to your bed and you’re ready to work.
Need to keep some binders, some files, or just prefer to have a little desk décor? They now make armoires meant specifically for setting up a home office in limited space. At first glance they look just like any other, perhaps with a few more dividers, but they also feature a rollout nook for your keyboard. Since keyboards and mice are typically wireless now, you won’t need to worry about running wires all throughout the armoire.
As a note, if your computer add-ons aren’t wireless, make sure to buy a wire organizer for your little office. In small spaces, it’s much easier to accidentally kick out a wire – disastrous if you’re in the middle of a trade or other time-sensitive exchange. Organized wires make for an organized work space.
Although you probably have fewer immediate wires in your workplace – even printers and scanners are typically wireless now – there are new cords ready to fill that gap. To keep your new home work space running smoothly, make sure to set up a comprehensive charging system for your phone, tablet, rechargeable batteries, and more.
Even if you think your computer has enough ports to charge the necessary devices, splurge on the charging station. A charging station will prevent any lag on your computer caused by the energy drain. You’ll be glad you made the investment.
The Wonders Of Wi-Fi
You can set up a Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere you want these days, but make sure you choose one that can support intense use. Your home router shouldn’t be overwhelmed by your computer, wireless printer, spouse’s phone, and kid’s tablet. If that’s too much, get a dedicated router for work. It’s great to have wireless devices, but if you can’t connect to them efficiently, they don’t help much.
The Evolving Workplace
We can expect that other compact tech solutions are on the horizon in coming years, meaning you may be able to shrink your home office as the years go by. Already we conduct large portions of our business by smartphone. The home office may soon be just as mobile.