My Top 8 MUST HAVES for a home office

8 Must Haves for a Home Office - The Handmade Mastermind

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I run a multiple six figure online businesses (currently six figures and will hit multiple six figures by the end of 2016) and I need the proper tools to run an online business. Below is a list of the top 8 tools I use and cannot live without - I seriously mean it.

And in no particular order, here we go:

  1. Brother office laser jet printer - this is the best office printer I have ever owned. The cost per print is super low and when you eventually run out of toner you can get the generic replacement for cheap! Don’t let the generic toner scare you. For office use it’s great and prints real quick. It can print wireless if you take the time to set it up and is a small size so it doesn’t take up too much room. Definitely a must have if you print out a lot of office documents, invoice, order receipts, etc.., You can also use this if you don't want to shell out big bucks for a shipping label printer because laser toner DOES NOT smear - so your labels are weatherproof.

  2. Dymo 4xL label printer - This is a favorite among online sellers because it prints shipping labels out super quick and you literally just peel the label and slap it on the package. When you are fulfilling 100’s of order each month, you need a workhorse like this to save you all the time you can get. What I love the most about it, is that it doesn’t require any ink. It's based on thermal technology so it does require a special type of labels, I get this one here and it only costs about 2.4 cents per label. 

  3. Canon Rebel T5 - I actually have the outdated model - the T3i, but now the newer version is out and is the same price as the T3i if you were to find it. As an online seller, there are multiple ways you can use a camera. I use mine for product shots & photos for social media. I would think that would be the reason why most sellers would want to use it. It is fairly easy to use and get used to. It’s a bit pricey but it was worth it for me because photos are one of the most important things to your online business - I mean, your customers can’t touch or feel your product until they purchase it, so you better believe your photos should be outstanding! The reason why I decided to go with a DSLR is because of the quality. While many iPhones can take great shots, this camera is certainly an investment if you are looking to have a lot more options with the quality of photos. Plus side: I use it for photos of my family and I - and they are much better then the camera phone.  

  4. Filing cabinet - Running a successful business has a lot of paperwork and bookkeeping involved. To make sure everything stays in place I need to organize all my receipts for each month into file folders, all my pay stubs, taxes, etc.., Without this file cabinet, my office would be full of papers and when tax season comes around I would be running out trying to find files that I need. Instead, I put things in the file folder they belong as soon as I get my hands on it so I don’t have to fuss with them later. There are multiple ways a business can use a filing system, but these are just a few. If you feel that your business is too small for a full-blown filing cabinet, I suggest getting one of these.

  5. HP desktop PC's - I have 2 people that work for me so in total I have 3 computers. All of them are HP’s. I happen to be a designer but I still work on HP’s because I love them. This is the one I currently have for both of my assistants and they work great, are fast, and have enough memory for me to run multiple programs at once (adobe programs are no joke when it comes to memory usage).

  6. Toshiba External hard drive - My work life is my computers. Without it, I won’t be able to function or fill orders because my business is one that relies on my design files. So you can bet that I backup my files - at least twice a month, on this external hard drive AND google drive - I obviously don’t play around when it comes to my data. This external hard drive is super easy to use. I used to have another one- but for some reason, I couldn’t figure it out, so I returned it and purchased this one and never looked back.

  7. Shipping scale - This is super important to any business that ships products. You certainly don’t want to waste money on unused postage. Don’t guess how much your package weighs, get a scale so you can save money in the long run. I purchased mine several years ago and the battery is still working! This type of item should last you almost forever if you take care and store it properly. This is the one I have and even though it is a kitchen scale, it works great because my packages don't ever go over 12lbs. However, if you have heavier packages, I would invest in another scale and not a small kitchen scale - like I did.

  8. Samsung Galaxy s5 - Now that this phone is outdated, I would strongly recommend the newer versions if you wanted to invest in a phone (UPDATE: Just got the S7 - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!). I can’t live without my smart phone - cliche I know! I use my smartphone to work on social media, answer customer messages, answer emails, work on Facebook (My Mastermind group). You may be asking why I don’t just use my PC to do all these things. Well sometimes when I’m in a groove, I don’t feel like changing my screen so I just use my phone to take care of a quick message. I am also not always near my computer so using my phone is just much easier. I remember before I quit my full-time job and did my online business full time, I used to always work on my smartphone to get work done while I was at my other job. It is one of the reasons I was able to keep up with business and why I am where I am now.

Don't forget to check out my blog post that will show you everything I use when it comes to shipping my products. And how to tell if they are right for your business.

What are some of your business MUST HAVES?



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