When you work from home, it can be tempting to just grab your laptop and work from the comfort of your couch, or even bed. Sure, it’s cozy, but it may not be the most productive space to work.
So, how do you ensure you thrive in your home office environment?
By creating a cool home office environment and furnishing and stocking your office with gadgets that are not only awesome, but also incredibly useful, you will want to spend more time at your desk clocking up productive hours. Everything a freelancer could need for a welcoming, comfortable, and efficient workspace.
Read on for our list of the best home office gadgets to solve your home office woes and transform it into a cool space that will quickly become one of your favorite rooms in the house.
1. CUJO Smart Internet Firewall
One of the benefits of working in an office is that most commonly, there are a lot of expensive security systems installed, protecting the company’s sensitive information. On the other hand, at a home office or start-up business, most of us will have antivirus software, but that’s where the anti-hacker protection ends.
If you’re concerned about keeping your communications and sensitive work documents protected and secured against any spyware or other spy gadgets, you need the CUJO Smart Internet Firewall, which will work 24/7 to safeguard your network devices and keep the information on your laptop, iPhone, or iPad safe.
2. Eero Home WiFi System
This handy device will eliminate all hotspots in your home, making it a must-have for your home office. Working from home means that it’s vital that we have a fast and strong WiFi network, and if your router is in another area of your home, you may not be getting your required internet speed.
Install an eero in your home office, which will ensure fantastic connectivity and high-speed internet in your computer, other WiFi-enabled devices, and any mobile device.
3. Holmes Smart Air Purifier
Few things can be as annoying as having to sit at your desk during allergy season, continually sniffling and having to reach for tissue after tissue. Remove pollen, dust, and other irritants from the air circulating in your office with a smart air purifier. The Holmes Smart Air Purifier is a True-HEPA device that you can connect to your smartphone, allowing you to check the air quality with a press of a button.
4. Here One Wireless Smart Earbuds
Even if you close the door to your home office and put on some music, there’s a high chance that you’ll still be able to hear your neighbors, street traffic or the people in your home watching TV. To efficiently block out any distractions, you need the Here One Wireless Smart Earbuds, with their smart noise cancellation technology. They will block out any unwanted and distracting noises, while still allowing you to hear music or take conference calls.
5. Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug
If you’re guilty of leaving your printer or laptop powered pretty much all the time, this is the gadget for you. Laptops and other electronics can consume lots of energy when they’re not in use if you still leave them plugged in, so the Belkin Wemo Mini Smart Plug is a great investment. This smart outlet will let you automatically schedule a time for your devices to turn off, so you’ll be saving electricity (and money) when you’re not at your desk.
6. Upright Smart Wearable Posture Trainer
If you find yourself hunching over at your desk or sitting with a posture that leaves you with aches and pains at the end of your workday, then be smart and get an Upright Smart Posture Trainer.
This little gadget sticks to your back and coaches you to sit up straight throughout your workday. This small adjustment in the alignment of your back will work wonders for you, especially if you suffer from back pain.
7. Philips Hue White Starter Kit
We all know that a well-lit work environment leads to a better mood and increased productivity. Sitting in front of your computer all day with the wrong light means headaches and a reticence to continue working. Add a smart light bulb to your desk lamp or office lamps to dim or brighten your room so you can get the right setting and reduce eye strain, no matter the amount of natural light.
8. Smarson SmartPen
Taking notes by hand may be the preferred option for a lot of us, but if you then have to share your notes or turn them into a presentation, you need to type them out, creating more work for yourself. Solve this problem with the Smarson SmartPen, which automatically captures your notes from meetings, one-on-one reviews or even your to-do list into a digital file as you write them down on a piece of paper.
9. Plantronics Voyager Focus UC Headset
If life were perfect, you could take all calls at your desk. However, it isn’t, so you often have to move about while on a conference call, and you have to do this without alerting the other people of your movement.
That’s where this Plantronics headset comes into play, as it will reduce any noise distractions, no matter your location, as well as allow you to walk up to 150 feet from its base without dropping the call. Perfect for taking care of anything that comes up during the day, such as receiving a package, or opening the backdoor to let the dog out.
10. iStick Desktop Organiser
This desktop organizer will keep all your office supplies and electronics in one place, reducing your desk clutter and improving your focus. The multifunction desktop organizer features a paper holder, 3-port USB hub, multi-card reader (MS/MS PRO DUO, XD, SD/MMC, Micro SD), mobile phone slot, multi-storage box, business card box, memo pad box, photo slot, letter opener, pen holder, and cup holder.
11. USB Coffee Warmer
An essential part of your workday is coffee, and there’s nothing worse than your cup of coffee getting cold from sitting too long because you were distracted by something else. With this desk gadget, you can keep your coffee warm for a long time with a simple USB cord when plugged into a USB port. No more having to throw out cup after cup or sipping your coffee just to realized it’s turned to ice coffee.
12. The Anchor Under-Desk Headphone Stand
This useful and cool gadget lets you get rid of cord clutter on your desk while still having easy access to your headphones. The super strong adhesive will hold your headphones securely in place under your desk, and it’s made out of silicone, so even if you bump against it with your knee, it won’t leave a bruise.