Business Tech: Everything You Need To Work From Home

Business Tech: Everything You Need To Work From Home

Over the last few years we have seen a dramatic shift in the working world. More and more people are shifting away from the office dynamic towards the working from home model. There is still a lot of debate about how effective this is. But the actual studies have shown that productivity has increased for a large percentage of workers.

And the work from home model isn’t just for those in regular employment. Most self-employed people will spend a lot of time working from a home office.The advantages to both styles of work are numerous. But they do require a good technological set up to be effective. Whether you are looking to start your own business, shift to a working from home dynamic, or just want to improve your gaming station, this guide will cover all the essential bits of kit and software you will need.

A Consistent Internet Connection

The internet has become so vital to the functioning of our society that many people are now saying it should be classified as a human right. And we wholeheartedly agree. Especially in the Western World, access to the internet is essential for doing everything from tracking your finances to making hospital appointments.

And if you are working from home, you will definitely need a good internet connection. But there is a common misconception about what constitutes a good internet connection these days. If you’re a gamer, you will want the fastest connection. But a fast connection isn’t always the best choice for a working environment.

What you really need is a consistent connection. But what do we mean by this? A consistent connection is one that has little to no downtime. If you need constant access to your companies servers, or need to maintain your own servers for your business, having your connection drop out a lot will hamper your efficiency.

Consistent connection is also about maintaining a good average upload / download speed. Even if it isn’t the fastest speed on the market, having a better average will ensure you can work without interruption and get the information or documents you need, when you need them. To this end we recommend doing a lot of research into various internet providers. Make sure to study customer reviews from independently backed websites.

A Good Server

This section is mostly for if you are looking to run your own business. As you expand you will eventually want to think about buying or renting a server. A server is, in simple terms, the platform on which a website, program, or database is stored and accessed from. Everytime you log into your computer at work, you are accessing the company’s servers. Everytime you go to Facebook, you are accessing their servers.

To run a successful business you will need a website. And, to start, you can run your website on a website hosting platform. But as you expand you will want to have your own domain running on an independent server. There are two main ways you can go about this.

The first is buying a physical server. The benefits of this are you don’t have to rely on a third party to ensure it remains up. And, if an issue arises, you can see to it instantly. The downsides are that they are costly to buy and run. And you need a good level of technical understanding to maintain their software and hardware.

This is why we suggest using a VPS company. These companies are adept at taking care of your hosting needs. The main advantages are the level of technical support these companies can provide. And they are generally cheaper in the long run as you won’t have to factor in the electrical costs of running a server from home.

A Powerful Laptop

If you are running your own business, or working from home, we always recommend having a powerful desktop computer. But that isn’t all you should have. It is also essential to have a powerful laptop that can handle all your working needs.

There are a few reasons for this. The first, and most important, is to ensure you have a backup work system in case your desktop breaks. Fixing a desktop can be tricky if the issue is serious, and lost time is lost money. So having a laptop to hand will save you a lot of both.

But having a laptop also allows you to have a change in scenery. A lot of people are now opting for the life of a digital nomad. This is someone who does their work while traveling. And we aren’t saying you have to necessarily travel the globe. But you could opt for doing a bit of your daily work down at a local cafe.

A change in scenery has been proven to help increase your overall productivity. It allows your mind to refresh itself and can help boost your mental health and mood. Because it is true that working from home can become quite isolating at times. And, if not managed correctly, it can have a serious impact on your wellbeing.

You will need to ensure your laptop can do everything you need it to do for a normal work day. If you work in graphic design, for example, it should be able to run every program you need without any lag. It should also be compatible with all of your home technology too. To ensure a smooth transition of data when needed.

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