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  Work From Home Equipment Checklist

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Are you serious about working from home or working from anywhere in the world? Depending on the job, you’ll need to make sure you have the following equipment.

Some jobs may require specialized software or equipment, but these are the basic requirements that a lot of remote jobs require you to have.

Some remote job agencies, such as CrewBloom, will not even allow you to apply if you don’t have the items on this checklist.

  • Laptop or PC (at least 4 GB RAM with quad core processor)
  • Fast Internet Connection (minimum of 5 Mbps)
  • Backup Internet Connection (minimum of 3 Mbps)
  • USB Noise Cancelling Headset
  • Smartphone
  • Web Cam
  • Personal phone line
  • Google Suite: Gmail, Calendar, Chrome, Drive, Plus, Hangouts, Voice
  • Your own Microsoft Office software suite (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Suite: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • At least 2/3 years work experience in the job you’re applying for
  • Quiet home-office
  • Ability to work during the working week (Monday-Friday)
  • Ability to work part-time

As a backup internet connection, you can use a cell phone as hotspot or buy a SIM-based Wifi hotspot but you may have to upgrade to a higher data plan.

Also, you MUST have a firewall, antivirus, anti-malware and device tuneup software, such as AVG Ultimate, installed to prevent culpable data leaks.

Check out my home office essentials list and home office setup ideas and learn how to set up your home office to maximise productivity and wellness.

Home office organisation is also important as it can be the difference between success and failure by motivating you to work at home more efficiently.

If you lack some of these things or need more than these basics to work productively, you can set up shop at a coworking space, such as WeWork (or its local avatar), which should cost you less than $100/month.

If you’re a traveller or digital nomad, you may need some travel gear, too. Photographers may need to invest in a professional camera and gear, which can be expensive.

If you're a graphic designer or creative professional, you'll also require a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

What skills do you have?

I’m assuming that you have some skills acquired during your former career that will help you choose your work from anywhere job from one of the options below.

If you’ve never held a job, you’re going to have to invest some time, effort and, yes, money, in learning a skill that will make you employable.

At online learning marketplaces like Udemy, you can learn a wide number of skills for less than $10. I’m not kidding! I use it regularly to up level my own skills in certain areas.

That said, some of the work from anywhere jobs listed in this eBook require nothing more than basic computer skills and can be done by anyone with a high-school education.