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Additional Equipment to Help You Work Smarter

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Once you've purchased your computer and have your desk set up, it's time to consider what other equipment you will need to work efficiently in your home office. Taking time to go make copies or get documents printed can waste valuable time and increase expenses. Purchasing your own peripherals can save you money and time in the long run and help you to accomplish more each day. Evaluate the different options each type of equipment offers and see which features work best for you.

Printers

When looking at printers, your first decision will be whether to purchase an inkjet or laser printer. If you are only printing documents and will not be printing photos - then a laser printer may be your best option. A laser printer also provides a better cost per page for printing B&W pages. If you need to print colored images on a regular basis then going with an inkjet will be the best solution. Once you have decided on laser or inkjet, then you need to decide between a single function printer or a multi-function unit. A multi-function printer provides you with the convenience of creating copies and scanning with one machine. It's important to know that the speed of scanning and copying will not be as fast as what a dedicated scanner will provide. The scanning resolutions may not be as high quality either. You should also keep in mind the overall size of the printer you select and whether you will have the space in your home office for the device.

Scanners

If you have a dedicated printer and still need to scan documents then a scanner is going to be an item that you will need in your home office. There are flatbed and document scanners which each provide different benefits to you. Flatbed and document scanners can provide you with better results than what you will get from an all-in-one machine. You will also be able to scan much faster and have the ability to scan both sides at one time.

Shredders

A document shredder is another useful item to have in your home office as you won't have to pay for a service to shred your documents and you can ensure that you do not have confidential papers getting into the wrong hands. A condition of working from your home office for an employer may be the ability to properly handle confidential papers. There are a variety of shredders available and each have different features. The size of the resulting shred is one feature and the amount of time that you have for continuous shredding is another feature. The items that can be shredded and how many pages can be shredded at one time are other important features. Having the ability to shred multiple sheets and even envelopes can be very useful.

Telephones

You may think that having just a cell phone is adequate for your home office but having a land line system is also advantageous. There are occasions when cell service is interrupted due to outside influences and not being able to reach a client or co-worker can be critical. You may decide to set up your home office with a second phone line that is separate from your residential line to help differentiate between work and personal phone calls. Purchasing a phone system that uses two lines can be easier to use than having two different systems on your work desk. Learning what special features are available from your phone service provider can help you determine which type of phone system will work best in your home office.
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