6 Things You’ll Need to Start Working From Home

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Working from home is getting easier and more accepted in our culture than ever before. Whether you’re starting your own business or doing freelance work for someone else, working from home is a great way to earn a little extra money for your family while still having flexibility to be with your kids.

But working from home isn’t simply a matter of flopping on your couch and diving right in. As with any other job, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the tools you need to hit the ground running and be successful. Here are six things you should have in place to start working from home.

A Dedicated Workspace

A dedicated workspace is essential to working from home. However, you don’t need to have a private office – just somewhere that you can spread your materials out and work comfortably. For some people, that’s the living room couch or kitchen table! However, a small desk in a quiet corner of a less-used room is ideal.

Computer with Webcam

You’ll want to make sure you’ve got a powerful computer that’s capable of handling the most up-to-date software programs and storing all of your data. Also consider investing in a computer that has a built-in webcam, or purchase a standalone webcam to attach to your existing computer. Companies who work with remote employees often like to utilize video chats, Skype, or other types of video conferencing to communicate, and you’ll want to be ready.

Office Hours

As a busy mom, you might think you can just “sneak” work time in between your other obligations. But if possible, try to set at least an hour or two aside every day as your official “office hours,” so you can work without distractions. It can be at any time of day that works for you and your business, but having time to really focus can be critical to your success.

An Updated LinkedIn Profile

If you plan to work in a professional capacity of any sort, a LinkedIn profile is essential. Not only is LinkedIn a great place to search for jobs, but it’s now one of the primary ways that employers can find YOU. Spend a few hours fine-tuning your profile, updating your experience and connecting with friends and colleagues you already know.


Working from home offers great flexibility, but sometimes clients or employers will still expect you to be available when you need to be with family. That’s where a smartphone can go a long way in helping you be productive. You can answer e-mail and perform many simple administrative tasks while you are on the go. Make use of that time when you sit at your child’s dance or soccer practice!


Make sure you’ve got a reliable printer/scanner/copier at home. You’ll spend a lot of time scanning in documents to email clients or customers, printing invoices for mailing, and more.

By preparing yourself with the right work environment and equipment, you’ll be ready to take on any work from home challenge!

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6 Things You’ll Need to Start Working From Home

Gigi Ross is a wife, mom of two, fumbling foodie, social media geek, Jason Mraz groupie, reality TV show addict, tech lover, freelance writer and wine drinker - not necessarily in that order. Gigi has been involved in all things internet since 1997 - from running e-commerce sites for Fortune 500 companies, to starting parenting forums, to writing her personal blog - if it's online, Gigi wants to know about it! Gigi's personal blog is KludgyMom, a snappish take on parenting, pop culture, techn ... More

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  1. Profile photo of krivers krivers says:

    You also need to have dedicated office hours. Working from home can leave friends and family thinking you are ‘free" whenever it is convenient for them to call or stop in. By having dedicated work/play hours then they are more likely to be respectful of your time and business, leaving you with a more productive day. I’ve learnt this from experience. I didn’t announce my work hours and my cell would ring off the hook with text messages and the house phone with personal calls left right and center. Once I posted the hours they were more respectful and I got more done!


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