This post is contributed by staff writer Olivia Campbell.
One of the most enticing advantages of starting a business is the ability to call the shots — this includes opting to work from home. Working from the comfort of your own home while cutting early-stage startup costs is ideal for many home-based business owners and startups.
Creating a home office that is functional–allowing for productivity–modern and technologically equipped is ideal. Here’s a look at seven of our top picks to turn your home office into enviable workplace bliss:
1. Herman Miller Embody Office Chair
Designed by Jeff Weber and the late Bill Stumpf, Herman Miller’s Embody office chair melds science and art in a sleek design that claims to lower your heart rate, reduce stress, and even increase creativity (through increased blood flow).
The chair is shaped similar to the human spine, which encourages and supports movement and good posture. The Embody is also eco-friendly, and 95% recyclable.
The Embody costs between $1,100-$1,520; and based on customer reviews and a 4.4 out of 5 star rating, the Embody is worth every penny.
2. WOWKeys Keyboard by Omino
The WOWKeys keyboard by Omino allows you to directly connect your iPhone or iPod to the keyboard and simultaneously type text onto your computer and your iDevice.
Charge and sync your iDevice to your computer and iTunes and use your touchscreen as a tracking pad with the Mobile Mouse Pro app. This keyboard costs $79.99, but can be snagged for as low as $30 on Amazon.
3. HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One
No space to setup a printer, copier, scanner, and fax machine? Wouldn’t it be great if all of thoese features were available in one sleek device? The HP Office Jet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One aims to make your productivity dreams come true.
The inkjet printer copies, scans, and faxes any document and is equipped with a touch screen and streamlined look that is perfect for any modern home office. The HP Officejet Pro 8600 retails for $399.99 at Office Depot.
4. Jawbone JAMBOX
The JAMBOX speaker by Jawbone is the latest in high quality audio. The portable, wireless speaker can be synced with MYTALK, a platform that allows you to personalize your JAMBOX with updates, features and apps, as well as Jawbone Companion for Android, which alerts you of calendar events, your Jawbone’s battery life, and allows you to call into conference calls with the push of a button.
The JAMBOX easily fits in your bag for on-the-go use, is color customizable, and is compatible with video chat platforms like iChat, Skype, and Google Talk. The JAMBOX can be purchased on the Jawbone website for $179.99.
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