Depending on what you have come up with as an idea to get you working for yourself, there will be any number of gizmos and gadgets which you can employ to help you work more efficiently. Any good business plan will include something in the budget to enable you to save time, because when you are working from home part time, then time is the most valuable commodity you have and you want to spend as much of it with the family as you possibly can, for the sake of your work life balance. If you have staff, then a reliable way of keeping in touch is essential. If they already have mobile phones, as most people do these days, then it is a good idea to get them all on the same network, to save calling costs. Many providers these days have a deal on SIM cards for family and friends and this would be a good place to begin, although a business calling tariff might be the best thing later on.
If you are a freelancer or are contracting to do work for other people, communication remains at the top of your gadget list. If you can manage a tablet in your budget, this is really something you should consider, as you can download a whole load of apps which can help you with your work. Even if your business is mainly working from home, you will probably still need to get out and about from time to time, whether delivering products or going to meetings and so a good sat nav is essential, but if you have a tablet or an up to the minute phone, such as the iPhone, you will be able to use the Googlemaps app which is brilliant. If you need to keep an eye on your staff’s whereabouts, you can even find them through their phones if you have the right application downloaded. No one wants to feel they are spying on employees, but if the people involved work alone, it is a good safety feature and ticks one very important box in the employer/employee relationship, that of reasonable care.
If your home based work involves a craft, there are so many gadgets and gizmos out there on the market that you might never get to try them all. Don’t be tempted to just buy whatever you fancy right from the outset; if you can get to some trade fairs then you will be able to see them in live action, rather than just on a shopping channel or online ad and then you can see if they are what you need. All crafters have drawers full of unwanted gadgets but if it is a business you can’t afford to buy stuff which in the end won’t earn its keep. Whether the gadget you buy is for business development, communication or actually a tool of your trade, take your time before buying and if possible make your decision with the help of personal recommendation.