Work At Home Starter (Equipment)

When I first started working from home I did not have a desk, office chair, file cabinets etc. All I  had to work with was my lap top, home phone that was shared in our household and my bed to sit on.
So it does not take much to start working out of your home.

Most companies will require you to have a private and quiet space to work and may conduct an evaluation of your space via your computer camera. Very few companies will  not require a quiet space, you will more than likely come across the ones that requires this. It not only helps the company but you as an home agent. You want to be free from distractions to focus on your work and you do not want your client or customers hearing background noises, this appears very unprofessional.

 Make your space as comfortable and workable as possible, size of space really does not matter. Treat any position as if you are working from out of  a company's actual office. If you have ever worked in an office setting you are familiar with the basic equipment used to make the business run smoothly.

As I mentioned in the beginning it does not take much in terms of equipment to start your work at home adventures! Here is a list of the basic work at home equipment you will need to start.

USB Headset

you can purchase this for $30 at stores like Walmart or Target. I currently own the logic tech brand USB headset. This is required by many companies, it is hands free and do not require you to use a landline phone. Some companies are set up so you do not need a landline to work just your computer and headset.

Computer ( laptop or desktop)

Yes obviously you will need a computer, it is convenient in communicating with a company you work for as well as actually needing it to perform your day to day job. Each company have their own technical computer requirements. Make sure your computer is not ancient, it must be at
lease 3 years old from date of purchase and  updated software such as word, window XP,7 or 10 etc. Again each company have their specifics.

Landline Phone

Some companies may still require you to have a house phone. Very few require you to have long distance service on your phone but most require that you have basic service. Basic service means no additional features such as call waiting.  Some people do not have landline phone, in this case there are companies that allow you to use Voip services.

Internet Service

Obviously you cannot work or communicate with a company that require computer usages unless you have internet. Most companies require that you have high speed internet and will have you test your internet speed to make sure it meets that requirement. Most company's will refer to to test your internet upload and download speed.

Additional Equipment

  • Fax
  • Printer
  • foot pedal (transcribing)

Before you consider applying to any work at home companies make sure that you already have these basic equipment to make the process go smoother and to start working faster!

The best part about working from home is the no commute aspect and the flexibility it offers. You should have a disciplined nature when approaching home base jobs. Because most home job offer you flexible schedule and in some cases, the ability to choose your own schedule, you may be tempted to slack off. It is important to maintain a set schedule for yourself if the company does not offer one. This will help you when it comes to "moving up the ladder" with most work at home companies. You may also be rewarded in bonuses or pay raise for your consistency and self disciplined nature.

Hope this article was helpful and informative, if so please comment
Do you work from home? What other suggested equipment you would
like to share?

Melecia At Home

My name is Melecia and I am a loving house wife and home maker. I created this site to help you explore the many opportunities that are available to you!