Here is a list and video tour of 25 items you'll find in my office – many of which were purchased online.
In the video, you'll see just how low-tech an internet / affiliate marketing home-based business can be!
Links provided direct to Amazon pages for more information about certain products. If you purchase a product through one of those links, I might be able to afford to buy a postcard. 🙂
- Desktop Computer – As of 2015, I'm running my 4th desktop computer (now 5 years old) and my 3rd Dell. My computer techno-geek friend Ori is always singing this computer's praises in regards to its power, speed and superior functionality. That's what you get when you buy top-of-the-line.
- LED Monitor – In 2010, I upgraded to a 24″ LED monitor. Anything that saves electricity (and money) is alright by me.
- Ergonomic Keyboard – I gave up on flat keyboards ages ago when too much time at the computer resulted in carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injury for which I narrowly avoided surgery. Switching to an ergonomic keyboard and taking glucosamine with condroiton has done the trick, i.e. no more wrist or forearm pain – ever. Taking more vacations has probably helped a lot too! 🙂
- Ergonomic Mouse – My mouse is also ergonomic to reduce hand and wrist pain associated with too much computer work. Although I've used wireless (infrared) keyboards and mice in the past, both the keyboard and mouse I run now are USB-connected to reduce battery cost and landfill waste.
- Humanscale Saddle Seat – Another piece of essential ergonomic equipment that makes sitting for long periods less harmful to your health. I bought this chair following my car accident in late August '07… and I discuss more about the chair here.
- Battery Backup Power Unit – This little baby has saved my work (and bacon) on more than one occassion during a power outage, something that seems to happen on a fairly regular basis here in the Valley. What I really appreciate is the ability to keep working at my computer for at least 20 minutes after an outage begins (the one linked here says only 13 minutes, but it costs less), which is handy when the writing is ‘flowing' along nicely. It also guards against power surges, spikes, sags, and brownouts and protects your computer from those no-warning shutdowns that can be quite damaging. For less critical electrical gadgets, I use surge protector power bars.
- External Hard Drives – I have a few external hard drives… one of which I take on the road with my laptop. It's great for storing all those huge file-size pictures that I take.
- Thumb Drives – REALLY convenient storage companion that lets you take all of your data to your home, office, school and anywhere you travel. The only downside is that they are so small that they can be easily misplaced… if you're me. 🙂
- Sony Vaio Laptop – I take this one on the road with me to conventions and also use it in the home office for video production. While traveling, I protect it with a foam sleeve that I bought from Magellan's after airport security in Toronto dropped and broke my old laptop.
- All-in-one Printer, fax, copier and scanner. Although mostly used for faxing and scanning, this is one of the first printers that has actually worked in my office for more than a couple of months. Has pretty speedy output too with 20 pages per minute for black copies and up to 13 ppm color.
- Corded Telephone – This is a 2-Line integrated telephone with call waiting, caller ID & a speakerphone. It is also hard-wired, as the sound quality on cordless phones is too poor to produce quality webinar recordings.
- Cell Phone – I have 2 Androids, a Samsung Galaxy for Canada and a Tracfone that I use while traveling in the States.
- Video Camera – I have a couple of different video cameras, but my all-time favorite is the FLIP. I've made a TON of videos with it and uploaded them to YouTube. The Flip is SO small, there's no excuse not to carry a video camera with you anymore.
- Digital Camera – The most successful promotions are accomplished when the affiliate establishes credibility with his or her audience and the easiest way to do that is to show a picture of yourself using the product. The DSC-T100 is my 3rd SONY Cyber-shot digital camera and I'm not surprised that it won a CNET Editor's Choice Award. Ultimately, it is the best digital camera for my purposes with its small, lightweight design and BIG easy-to-view screen. Furthermore, Sony has made serious improvements to getting great shots in low-light situations.
- Paper Shredder – Essential. Instead of throwing envelopes in the garbage, I use a Royal confetti cut paper shredder to shred all waste materials printed with my name and/or address to protect myself from identity theft.
- Cork Board – Great for making lists of the things you need to do… and not being able to bury them or turn the page and forget about them.
- USB Hub – Impossible to plug everything into the computer without this Belkin 7-port USB Hub.
- Logitech Headset – For Skypeing with my friends… and the occasional affiliate manager. 🙂
- D-Link Router – So I can use my laptop to comment on Oprah's message boards while watching the show.
- Digital Coin Sorter – A spur-of-the-moment purchase that proved to be a super time saver. Rather than throw all my spare change in a ziploc bag and spend an afternoon once a year sorting through all those pennies, dimes and loonies; I now throw change in the sorter and it goes straight into the coin wrappers.
- CD/DVD Wallets – During a recent office cleanup, I filled 5 green garbage bags with those over-sized plastic CD/DVD holders and replaced the clutter with a few of these CD/DVD wallets, each of which has the capacity to hold 208 items. There is a LOT more air to breathe in the office now.
- Flashlight – Great for poking around in the dark under the desk in search of dust bunnies and additional USB ports.
- TV – I am not sure why I have a TV in my office as it almost never gets turned on.
- Candy, “Chipper” the Bear, and my picture wall – Because they make me happy. 🙂
Please note that video below was shot in late 2008. One of these days I'll put together a revised home office tour for you. 🙂
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