In this day and age, teleworking (or work-from-home) has become a viable option, not just for freelancers, but also for corporate employees, due to its convenience. However, even when working from home, there are many things you still need in order to perform your job well, since your outputs should have the same quality as traditional office work. So, here are the most important things you need when teleworking.
A Computer With a Good Internet Connection
The most important thing you need when teleworking is a good computer, since you need it to generate your outputs. A good computer is one that works well, since hardware or software glitches can harm your output.Trust me, a single glitch can cause a delayed submission. Also, you need a good internet connection, for the internet allows you to contact your supervisor and email your outputs. If you don’t have fast and reliable internet at home, then feel free to take your laptop and crash in a coffee shop to do your work.
Another thing you need when teleworking is a comfortable set of headphones. Headphones are there not just for background music, if it helps you work, but to block out any distractions. The hard part of teleworking is dealing with distractions, since you are not working in the office and feeling the ambiance of a traditional working environment, so headphones may be able to help. Just make sure they are comfortable, since uncomfortable headphones are another distraction. Also, take headphone breaks, to rest your ears and deal with phone calls.
A Fully-Charged Smartphone
Speaking of phones, you are likely to need a smartphone when working. This is because it not only enables you to respond to calls and texts, but it can run collaboration apps like Slack and Glip. These are important in the modern day working environment because they allow employees like you to coordinate, even if you are not in the physical office. However, please make sure to keep it fully-charged, so it does not run out of power when you least expect it. Also, please use it for work, and not to play COD Mobile, for your games can be played after hours.
An External Hard Drive
When teleworking, another thing you really need is an external drive. This is because you do need to keep a backup of your work files, in case something goes wrong. Also, it can come in handy if you need to transfer files, or deliver them to the office. Flash Drives are too small, so go for a hard drive. After all, external Solid State Drives (SSD) are still too expensive, compared to an external hard drive of the same size.
A Quiet Area
Finally, the most crucial thing you need when teleworking is a quiet working area. Sure it does not need to be as quiet as a church, but it should be at least free of distractions. So, you really need a work-space that produces a similar ambiance to a traditional office, yet is as peaceful as a church.
Teleworking is More Than Working Outside the Office
In the end, working from home, or anywhere else, is not really the essence of teleworking. Instead, teleworking is supposed to equal, or surpass the productivity of working in the office, since it allows you to choose your workplace. So, remember to have all these things when teleworking. However, there is one last thing you need, which is focus, since working from outside, no matter what you do, will have more distractions. If you have the things on the list, you can at least minimize these.