As the professional landscape changes, more and more Americans are working at home. Part of becoming a pro at this however, is to make sure that you have all the rights tools you need. Do you have the right inkjet cartridge or toner cartridge? Do you have the right paper for your printer? Setting up a home office can seem like a daunting task, but you’ll be glad you did it right the first time. By taking the time to research your needs and integrating a professional environment into your home, you can be assured to increase your output, and maintain the level of quality that you hope to have in all of your work regardless of where you do it.
To begin, take stock of what equipment you already have, and assess exactly what you will be doing from home on a day to day basis and what materials you will need to be a success at achieving your everyday work objectives. Often times, people have a hodgepodge of items that have been collected or are left over from years gone by. You want to make sure that you have the most up to date tools of the trade. It is well worth the one-time investment to assure that your supplies are just as professional as you are.
If you have a Canon printer, you should probably also have Canon ink for it. If you are sending out printed materials, you should probably have the best paper for your projects as well. While it sounds simple, little things like this can really make a big difference in how others perceive your work. You want to make sure that no one can tell a difference in anything you do from someone who works in an office instead of from their home. To put it simply, don’t cut corners. Perhaps the only exception to this rule is recycled toner. While it may be bad to purchase other materials that are discounted, encouraging the green movement is considered a best practice for the industry. You just want to be sure that you are purchasing the right ink or toner from the right manufacturer.
Following a few simple rules can make your experience at home just as fruitful, if not more so, than if you were actually commuting to work every day. So take the time to set up things right the first time, and you’ll never struggle through another at-home work day again.