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10 Essential Items For Your Home Office

 

Today we have more and more workers working out of a home office. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 report, the percentage of workers who work exclusively from home has more than doubled since 1990 to a whopping 9.6%. But in order to maximize productivity, you’ll need more than a smartphone and a laptop to get the most out of your home office setup. And most of that setup may be tax deductible to boot!

1. Get Organized with an Erasable Wall Planner

Keeping track of your meetings and conferences all in one place will keep your work days productive. When you’re in a small, new company with just a handful of employees it can be too easy to forget about things. Having this At-A-Glance Erasable Yearly Horizontal Wall Planner by your side with an included wet-erase marker will be large enough at 36” x 24” to fit even your schedule in each calendar square.

2. Stop Sending Your Bucks to Starbucks

Since home-based workers tend to put in even more hours than their office-based contemporaries, a good coffee machine is all the more important. If you don’t already have a high-quality coffee maker that won’t bust the bank, Keurig now has a good excuse for you to get one. Their K130 Brewing System is small, simple, and keeps things clean without a carafe or drip basket to clean out.

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3. We Got Your Back

Your office chair is, believe it or not, one of the most overlooked pieces of office equipment. And it’s an area where a lot of people skimp. Similar to a mattress, you’re bound to spend a great deal of time there each day there so it pays to spend it in comfort with an ergonomic design. There are stools, task chairs, mid back and high back chairs to choose from in a variety of materials. Keep an eye out for good lower-back and arm support with easy adjustment settings. Of course preferences will vary, but it’s hard to go wrong with a HON Basyx High-Back Chair. Its vinyl upholstery looks and feels just like leather but will be much more resistant to spills without sacrificing the upscale looks for any executive office.

4. Can You Hear Me Now? Wireless Headsets

You’ll be on the phone a lot when you work from home, and both blasting calls on speakerphone from a distance or holding it by your neck gets old really fast. Here come Plantronics headsets to save the day. It’s a matter of preference, but the noise-cancelling Plantronics Voyager Legend brings a whole lot of value to the table without skimping on some important features. It’s over-the-ear, compact Bluetooth design eliminates the need for wires. But unique to this model is a call button that allows you to interact with Siri, Google Now or Cortana digital assistants. Fancy.

5. Protect Your Data

Cloud storage, such as Microsoft’s OneDrive or Google Drive, is a great way to help protect your data in small to medium-sized amounts. But data storage backup in the cloud as well as locally on an external hard drive is essential for any home worker. Doubling up on your data will offer some immediate peace of mind. External hard drive prices have dropped off sharply in the past 5 years or so and the latest and greatest come with fast-transfer USB 3.0 functionality. Blue Cow recommends the Verbatim Store ‘N’ Save USB 3.0 ($79.99) with 1 TB of storage to protect your Mac or PC data against system crashes.
When there’s a power outage and you have to reset your alarm clock it’s annoying. When it destroys the project you’ve been working on for the past three hours it can be catastrophic. A universal power source is a must-have insurance against Murphy’s Law in this respect. The APC BE550G universal power source can keep your desktop running for nearly 4 minutes in this situation. That’s sufficient time to save your current work and turn off your PC safely if a brown-out hits. It also acts as a surge protector and can reboot your network if it loses its connection.

6. Get Inspired with a Magnetic Dry Erase Board

Regardless of size and shape, having a whiteboard near your office space is an indispensable tool. They’re great for jotting down goals, to do lists, and general brainstorming that can potentially take your business to the next level. Quartet has a 24”x18” magnetic white board with a sleek black aluminum frame and marker stand. Because it’s magnetic, you can also place magnets on it like your refrigerator. Let the creative juices flow.

printer7. Multi-Function Printer

Every home office, at minimum, needs either a laser printer or a quality inkjet all-in-one. The HP Envy wireless all-in-one series has a mid-range model that includes a 2.7” touchscreen and features print speeds characteristic of more expensive models. But the real draw here is you’ll save a lot on ink compared to other models and with the Envy’s modern styling you’ll look good doing it.

8. Locking Vertical Filing Cabinet

If you have small kids at home, it’s definitely a good idea to have all important files of their grasp and secure in a decent storage setup that’s lockable. Blue Cow recommends a locking vertical filing cabinet simply because a 3 or 4 drawer model will act as a wonderful space saver for all your most important documents. Even if you have a small home office space, it’s worth making some room and invest in these things. It will be your best friend against a cluttered, disorganized desk space. This 3-drawer Lorell Vertical File in particular strikes the right balance of low cost and quality.

9. Work in High Definition
Whether you’re on your laptop or a desktop, there will be times exporting the display to a good-sized HD monitor will be a lifesaver. The Samsung 23” LED monitor here supports a razor-sharp 1080p HD resolution with deep blacks and rich colors. Its wide viewing angle will be readable from all sides of your desk space and its built-in cable management feature will help reduce the chaos in your work environment.

10. Personal Comfort Items

One of the main advantages of working from home is knowing that you’re always near the things that you love dearly. And, you don’t need to walk very far if you need lunch, a snack, a drink, or even a break from the work that you’re doing. But, having said that, it’s still good to add some personal comfort items in the home office. Personalize your office with inspirational quotes, family photos, or scented items. Your at-home work station can be your sanctuary where everything you need for business success is at your fingertips.

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Porter's Office ProductsYou already know Porter’s is the one-stop shop for all your office needs. For decades, we’ve been providing solutions for our customers to better run their offices effectively and efficiently. Now, we’re excited to announce that Porter’s Office Products is an HP Qualified Supplies Partner.

This means not only do we stock and supply HP’s full and diverse line of office products, but we provide support for these products as well. Support includes:

  • Easy Online Ordering. Find your ink and toner cartridge models once, then save them to a shopping list for easy access the next time, and every time.
  • Free Next Day Delivery on most products. Plus, free nationwide shipping and no minimum order.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. Only HP Qualified Supplies Partners can fulfill warranty claims on HP cartridges. So when you buy HP cartridges from Porter’s you’re buying risk-free and you know any claims that may arise will be handled quickly and efficiently.
  • Competitive Pricing. As an HP Qualified Supplies Partner, Porter’s is able to offer contract pricing and other perks on HP products. You’ll see the difference in buying from us vs. the other guys.
  • Ink/Toner Recycling. Your used cartridges need to be recycled, so let us handle it!

For a limited time, get cash back when you buy HP ink or toner cartridges through Porter’s. Contact us for more information.

Porter’s is a Qualified HP Medallion Partner

Being the best in the business doesn’t just mean providing superior service; it also means getting our customers the products they know and need. That’s why we’re excited to announce that Porter’s Office Products is a Qualified HP Medallion Partner. Through our optimized online business, professional services, product catalog and customer growth, we have successfully met HP’s program guidelines to win this partnership. Now when you visit our website, you’ll see the HP Medallion prominently displayed on our website.

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What does this mean for you, the customer?
If your office runs on HP, you can trust Porter’s to provide all the products you need, <a href="http://www look these up.portersop.com/easy-order-ink-and-toner “>like ink and toner. As a valued HP partner, we have access to the top products and innovations from HP and you always get first choice. Porter’s is committed to bringing you the best in the industry for your office, so trust us with all of your HP product needs.

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Breaking it down: InkJet vs. Laser Printers

HP Photosmart 5510 B111A Multifunction Printer

If you’re in the market for a new printer checkout some of the pros and cons between laserjet and inkjet printers before you purchase! We have all the details here….

Ongoing costs

As you continue to use your new printer over a period of time, you’ll need to keep it supplied with appropriate consumables like paper and ink or toner. The ongoing running costs of printers are generally quoted in cents per A4 page. You can calculate this by dividing the number of pages an ink or toner cartridge can produce (this figure is provided by the manufacturer) by the price of the cartridge. This doesn’t include the cost of paper though (but this won’t change depending on the type of printers). Generally inkjet printers have a price per page of around 20 cents, although this includes both black and colour cartridges – if you intend to print only black, ongoing print costs are generally 7-8 cents per page. Cheap black-and-white laser printers have a price of around 6c per page on average. If you spend more on a laser printer, the cost per page generally drops quickly. Larger laser printers have additional ongoing costs when compared to inkjets: they often require an additional fuser cartridge or the replacement of parts with a maintenance kit.

Print speed and text print quality

When it comes to printing black and white text pages, laser printing is unbeatable. Even in low-end cheaper monochrome laser models you can expect print speeds of up to 20 pages per minute. Inkjets are significantly slower, with budget printers rarely printing more than 6 pages per minute of black text. For normal print sizes (of around 12pt and larger)text printing quality is similar between both laser and inkjet printing platforms. However, if your printing needs include printing small fonts then lasers are normally superior to inkjets, as the fusing technology better lends itself to the minute curves and dots of small text.

Colour printing and colour print quality

If you want to print colour – whether it’s a full-page colour photograph or simply a pie chart – you’ll almost certainly be better off with an inkjet printer. Colour laser printers are often bulky and quite expensive and generally aren’t suited to home or small office use. Even when comparing a colour laser printer to a colour inkjet, the inkjet is likely produce better colour images. Inkjet printers are able to reproduce subtle colour gradation in images where laser printers will display banding (distinct changes in colour saturation).

Size

Size is an important consideration for some users. If you’re looking for something to fit into a small space on or underneath your desk, it’s hard to go past an inkjet printer. However, if you don’t need scanning or copying a single-function laser printer may be small enough to suit your needs.

Conclusion

If you’re buying based on price – and most consumers are – the choice between a laser printer and an inkjet is simple. If you can afford to pay a little more upfront and if you’ll only be printing black text documents, a laser printer is a convenient solution. Inkjet printers are far more versatile, which is important for home use, but you’ll pay more in ongoing running costs and will have slower print times. Choose carefully!

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