Although the pandemic is coming to an end, many jobs are staying remote, and many more are adding positions that will start remote. With that in mind, it’s never too late to buy a personal work-from-home computer. Some businesses provide a stipend to purchase your equipment. On the opposite end, your employer may give you equipment. Let’s address both of these problems.
When looking for a new computer, this can be frustrating for some as we all try to figure out what we may need in our job. Here are a few tips when looking for a new work-from-home computer and some other equipment.
Figure Out Where You Will Station Your Work from Home Computer
For some of us, we will already have an area in our house that’s built out as an office that you can stay in and work. Others may have to figure out a small corner of their living area. So, where do you choose if you don’t have an already established area? Don’t choose the bedroom.
Sleeping areas should be where you primarily sleep. So, having your workstation there makes it harder for you to separate work from home life. It also leads to you wanting to roll out of bed to your desk into your pajamas.
Instead, set up in your dining room if you have space in there. It’s not as commonly used of an area, so you can separate work and life in this space. It already has a surface to put your computer on top as well.
Prebuilt vs Custom Computer
Depending on your stipend, a prebuilt computer may be better. Especially with both time and budget restraints alike. However, if you have some flexibility in your funds, finding a custom computer can be optimal. You can make sure nothing will slow it down, and you can make sure the computer can handle any software you use.
If you are short on time, a refurbished or prebuilt computer can be a better option. You can take it home the same day without worrying about inventory. Make sure whichever computer you choose, it will let you run the exact software you need for your job. You don’t want a computer that’s built for office products when you may do graphic design.
Beyond your work-from-home computer, you also need to be mindful of accessories. Headphones, webcams, and printers can become costly when looking at different products. Make sure you only get what you will need for your job.
If you’re not going to be on camera for any meetings, skip the webcam. Then add more funds toward your other accessories you will use that make your job better.
A printer may also be a nice tool, but how often will you be expected to print anything off? Instead, look at skipping a printer or purchasing a smaller one.
When getting a job that requires you to remain remote, make sure you are ready for anything that comes your way. If you have problems with your computer, schedule an appointment with KVS Computers.