“I don’t have a desk yet and I really don’t have the space in my apartment for one.”
“Do I need a house phone or can I use my cell phone? I don’t want to have the extra phone bill.”
Every employer is different and every role requires different tools. I happened to own a fairly new laptop prior to transitioning to a virtual role, but my employer also provided me with one in addition to a monitor and headset. With that said, well-written job descriptions will usually include home office requirements. In the absence of those, never hesitate to ask as it presents an opportunity for the employer to revisit the language included in (or omitted from) the job posting and will ensure you know exactly what you’re getting into. Never assume either way.
Note: If you are required to provide your own hardware, please take a moment to confirm compatibility if you have a Mac as the standard seems to be a PC.
There are actually some companies that require you to have a space in your home devoted solely to performing your job duties. I happened to start in my dining area where I spread my papers and laptop across the table and my children and I sat at barstools for mealtime until I bought a small black desk within a couple of weeks from Staples that looked a little like this:
Note: I highly encourage you to seek advice from your tax professional regarding the "designated space" as this will be important information to disclose when filing your taxes.
I have had a landline for quite some time so this was never really an issue for me. My first employer actually reimbursed for internet and phone expenses including installation for those who needed to establish new landline service. This definitely is not the case with every employer, but I absolutely would not let the lack of a landline discourage you. Many of my former colleagues used their cell phones with no issues and simply submitted those phone bills for reimbursement. Again, my suggestion would be to check the job description and ask questions if the requirements are not clear.
The one common theme here - ask about the requirements if the job description is not clear because every employer is different and every role requires different tools. Now that we’ve taken care of that, let’s talk about finding the right position for YOU. A great place to start would be to sign up for the weekly email newsletter in which I include work-from-home tips and opportunities. Click HERE to ensure the next issue lands in your inbox.