7 Home Business Essentials & a GiveawaySeptember 6, 2018
This is a sponsored post written by me for Acronis. All opinions are mine alone.
One of my favorite aspects of our current home is the fact that we have a dedicated space for a home office. It’s the perfect spot for me to get stuff done, while keeping my work life separate from my home life. Today I’m sharing my favorite office essentials… from the right backup software to a standing desk. Also, there is a giveaway at the bottom of this post that will have TEN winners – keep reading for all the details!
With identity theft a real threat nowadays, a high-quality shredder is important. A cross-cut shredder is ideal because it makes it much more difficult to piece together a shredded paper. I shred all documents that have personal identification numbers on it. If you get a heavy-duty shredder, you’ll even be able to shred CDs and larger stacks of paper.
2. Backup Software
Great backup software is essential for every home office! A few years ago, I lost some really important memories (kid’s first steps, first words, special vacations, etc.) because I wasn’t backing up my data regularly and my hard drive failed. It was a scary moment indeed. Now I make sure to back up all my data, documents, images and videos on a regular basis. I’ve been recently using Acronis True Image 2019 and it offers powerful protection of all my data via a user-friendly interface. With Acronis True Image, you can create a reliable backup (using cloning / mirror imaging) to a local drive or to the cloud. If you need to restore your data in the future (either the whole system or just a specific file/folder), it’s as simple as a few clicks! Acronis True Image is really the perfect solution for computer backups!
There are a number of features of this software that make it fast, powerful & easy-to-use. With the Acronis Survival Kit, it’s so easy to recover after a crash. This special recovery tool facilitates a backup of everything (boot media, system partition and all backups) on an external drive. When it’s time to back up your entire system, simply plug in an external drive and everything will be copied quickly and conveniently.
If you are upgrading your computer, you can take advantage of active disk cloning for Mac, which will clone an exact replica of your system while the computer is still in use! I love that the system will perform a backup while I’m typing up a blog post, surfing the web or watching videos. I don’t have to shut down my computer or restart! Simply connect a USB cable for data transfer between machines or hook up an external drive for a bootable copy. Talk about software that makes your life easier!
Here are some innovative features of Acronis True Image that really make it stand out in the marketplace:
- Clean up backup versions! Take control of your disk space by manually selecting unnecessary versions of your backups & deleting those files you no longer need.
- Better backup to the cloud! The new system improves reliability & performance of backups for Windows & Mac devices. Plus, the cloud provides secure, off-site storage. There’s even data encryption for enhanced privacy.
- Back Up When USB Connects! If you prefer to store your data on an external USB drive, it’s super easy with the event-based scheduling option. Just choose “upon USB attachment” to have your data backed up instantly when your USB drive is connected. I love it when technology is designed to help me get more done in less time.
- Protection from Ransomware! Acronis uses anti-ransomware technology that is based on artificial intelligence. This is a newer technology that offers reliable ransomware detection.
Plus, the software is super user-friendly to use. It’s only a few clicks away from a complete backup!
If you’re looking for a backup solution for your home computer, work computer or both, consider Acronis True Image. It truly offers a versatile solution (back up what you want, when you want) that’s visually-driven (see backup stats like file sizes, backup speeds, etc.) Don’t worry about the privacy of your data, since end-to-end encryption ensures that all data is hidden from predators while in transit. Whether you want to do full image, incremental, differential or custom backups, True Image is designed to be a flexible solution that helps you achieve your backup goals.
So what are you waiting for? Try out Acronis True Image 2019 free for 30 days! You’ll even get 1TB of cloud space included!
3. All-in-one machine
Every office needs a printer, but nowadays, an all-in-one machine makes a lot of sense. These multi-tasking devices serve as printers, scanners, copiers and faxes. I use my all-in-one several times per week. The only downside to the machine I use is its footprint (it’s a bit large). So if you don’t have the need for a fax machine, consider getting a smaller printer and a handheld scanner. These newer scanner tools allow the user to wave the device over a document to be scanned. Cool & totally convenient!
4. Oil Diffuser
What is an oil diffuser doing on this list? I use my oil diffuser regularly to keep me focused and productive at work. I love the scent of peppermint or orange to help motivate me! If I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, a bit of lavender works wonders to calm my nerves.
5. Simple Notepad
There’s nothing better than a simple pad of paper & pen. I use my notepad all the time (a few times per day, at least) to keep track of tasks, goals, and more. There’s nothing more satisfying than checking off things from my to-do list!
6. Standing Desk
For anyone that works at a computer every day, it’s important not to stay sedentary for long stretches of time. At a bare minimum, it’s important to get up and walk around every hour. Even better would be to get a standing desk. I recently got a multi-purpose desk that can be used as a standing desk or a bike desk. It keeps me active even when I’m working long hours.
7. Reliable computer
Of course, no office is complete without a working computer. My primary computer is a laptop so I can move around the house, yard, or somewhere else (coffee shop, beach, etc.) However, I always have a standby (secondary) computer on hand. I can’t do my job without a computer so I always keep a backup available.
Now that you see what I consider my office essentials, let’s get to the giveaway!
Acronis is generously giving away TEN premium licenses to Acronis True Image 2019. Simply use the widget below to enter. Good luck, everyone!
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Don’t forget to check out Acronis True Image for your own backup needs. Do you back up your own data often? What is your most important home office item?