As someone who has worked from home for the last 6 years, I feel like I know what it takes to stay motivated and get things done. People ask me all the time if there are certain essentials I use when working from home, so I figured I would share them! These are the 7 things you need if you work from home. Some of these are physical items and some are not but they are all necessary!
7 Things You Need If You Work From Home
Google Everything: I don’t mean in the research sense, I mean everything I use is Google. I blame my husband. Google Photos, Gmail, Google Keep, Google Calendar, Google Drive, I use it all! It’s how I keep everything organized from my blog finances, to my content calendar, blog photos, etc. I can also access it from anywhere on any device.
Chargers: I have 10ft chargers in nearly every room of our house (including Liam’s nursery). I also have this giant charger that I can carry around if we are playing on the floor or even if I’m drying my hair while he naps and I need to charge my phone. This charger is also perfect for travel!
Dropbox: I do not know how people function without Dropbox. I keep files I need to get to a lot in there so I can easily attach them to emails. My media kit, current analytics screenshot, etc. I also keep my W9 and other important forms in mine.
Good Technology: Having a good laptop, iPad, the right camera, lighting equipment, etc is VERY important. It’s also a very personal preference but just make sure you have good technology for any kind of work from home job, especially blogging.
The Right Space: Not everyone works great in a cube. I personally never did. I like being at home where I can work from my office, the couch, my bed if I’m sick, even the playroom floor while I play with Liam. I feel like the flexibility is endless. Some days when I have help (more on that below) I work from Starbucks or other coffee shops. Whatever it is, find the RIGHT SPACE for you!
The Right Help: I am terrible at delegating. I always want to do everything myself. But, especially when I was pregnant and having Liam I have discovered that everyone needs some kind of help. Andrew helps me with a lot of the back end and behind the scenes blog work that’s a HUGE help. I have someone who watches Liam for me 12-15 hours a week so I can get work done, go to meetings, have conference calls, etc. You have to ask for help when you need it. Remember you can’t do it all.
A Good Schedule: Working for yourself has a lot of pros and one of them is making your own schedule. Before I had Liam I would usually work in the morning early and do personal things from 9-12 then work the rest of the day. Now with Liam my schedule changes almost every day. If he doesn’t take a good nap I have to rely on getting most of my work done once Andrew gets home and after Liam goes to sleep. I try to stick to a schedule as much as possible. I highly suggest if you are able to have a good schedule of blocked out work and personal time.
These are all things that really help me work from home well.
Do you work from home? What kinds of things do you find helpful?