Working from home requires dedication, focus, and the right tools. Whether you’re just getting started as a work at home mom or you’re now seasoned, here is a checklist to ensure you have the right tools for the job:
Work space – a dedicated work area is your best option, but if space is an issue, then claim a corner of the dining room table and utilize portable supplies to house your work items.
Calendar/Planner – whether paper or electronic, a savvy work at home mom needs a calendar to schedule her day and track appointments. As you schedule your week, be sure to block out the times you will work and the times you will play. Aim to stick to those times, but realize that interruptions will occur and just plan for them.
Organization system – if you’re working with a small space, think portable. File cabinets with wheels, portable file boxes, and a pen case are great tools to invest in. If you have a home office, make your office space inviting, yet functional with a white board for planning, and a bulletin board for posting projects as well as pictures of your family. The Container Store can make organizing fun and decorative.
Don’t forget about organizing your papers. File folders have come a long way from the drab manilla color. Prints and designs in all colors are now available to help make organizing fun. For tips on how best to organize your papers, check out the post on Organizing Your Home Office.
Laptop or tablet – savvy work at home moms are usually on the go. If you can afford it, invest in portable devices that allow you to be mobile while still able to work. Dell offers a variety of laptops with features that savvy moms love. If you’re in the market for a tablet, there are many available. From Apple to Toshiba, you are sure to find one to meet your needs.
While there are many other tools mompreneurs have found to be useful in working from home, these practical items will get you started on the right foot.
What tools have you found to be helpful in working from home? Share your responses in the comments section below.