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Working from home is all good and well, but you may still need to get about places and see people, or head into the office to catch up on 'regular' work.
You may have a company laptop or tablet that you are liable for, or your own device that you need to get from one place to another unharmed. Besides from being in an actual explosion or a Western shootout, a laptop case will really help prevent it from getting scrapes or suffering bumps and technological bruises -- especially if you have bought an expensive Mac.
Plus, if you buy a 'discreet' laptop case, it can also serve as a vital anti-theft mechanism. Who would think a laptop or tablet is inside that innocuous looking 'envelope'?
Skype is good. In fact, Skype is great. You can call international numbers on the cheap, set up your own "online number" as a professional looking business number, and even participate in a conference call. But Skype alone can be a pain if you don't have headphones, a headset, or a microphone.
What you need is something that will turn your landline phone into a Skype phone. Oh, wait. There is. It plugs into your landline jack, and that's it. No more setting up headsets, or keeping your callers on hold whilst you fiddle around with microphones. It just works, and it works an absolute treat.
Working from home often means you need to take your documents with you. Sure, they can be on your email, work storage drive, or even in your work luggage. But you will need to print out stuff to take back into work. Unfortunately, you can't take the photocopier or the industrial-sized printer with you from the office. So what's the next best thing?
In my experience, a fast, energy-saving and cheap-to-run laser black-and-white printer will do the job nicely. Laser printers are better quality than home inkjets, and are cheaper in the long run to maintain. Small enough to sit on a desk, or even besides it, and one with Wi-Fi also means you can print directly from your laptop from downstairs.