Looking to get into internet marketing in a big way? Want to start making money from home so that you can pack in the day job?
Then it pays to invest a little into a great home office that will enhance your productivity, provide you with all the tools you need and also encourage you to enjoy spending more time writing, filming, posting and researching.
Let’s take a look at what you need…
Of course an internet marketer needs a great computer. While you’re probably not going to need anything insanely powerful, what will help is to have a computer that you actually enjoy working on and that you look forward to using. To that end, getting something a big newer with a nice 4K resolution can make a big difference to your workflow.
In terms of specs, you’ll want at least a newer i5 processor (2GHz+), 4-8GB of RAM for multitasking, a fair amount of storage space, an SSD for quick booting and perhaps a basic graphics card for futureproofing. If you plan on editing video, then you can upgrade that graphics card to a ‘must have’. It’s also worth getting something with a touchscreen.
In terms of form factor, you have two options: going with something portable and mobile like a Surface Pro or a Surface Book, or getting a home desktop with a big screen. A portable machine will allow you to work on the move and in cafes, whereas as a desktop will give you more computing power for your money. It’s also worth noting that getting more screen real-estate, such as an ultra-wide monitor, has been shown to increase productivity by up to 30%.
Along with the monitor, a great keyboard can also make all the difference to your productivity. As a marketer, you will be typing a lot and so it pays to have a keyboard that will make the experience pleasant.
When it comes to typing, the best keyboards are generally agreed to be the ones with mechanical switches. The best mechanical switches are the cherry MX switches and the ‘MX blues’ are considered to be the quintessential typing experience. Of course this comes down to personal preference though, so it’s worth typing on a few before you invest any serious cash into one!
There are a few other accessories that can help you to be more productive too. For one, it is a good idea to get a smartwatch that will show you new messages. This can prevent you from reaching for your phone every time you hear a buzz and means you won’t be so distracted by spam.
Another useful utility is a voice assistant like Alexa. I find it very useful being able to check facts without having to look up from my computer.
Of course a comfortable chair will make a big difference too and is very important for your general health and well-being.