This post is sponsored by Officeworks
Like a lot of freelancers and people that work from home, I don’t have a set “office”. Our home isn’t big enough for me to have my own room, or even my own desk set aside as office space. Instead, I drag the bits and pieces I need around with me to where ever I am.
When Officeworks got in touch about their workplace essentials campaign I saw a great opportunity to create my dream “portable office”. I didn’t want to spend a fortune but given Officeworks is well known for their good value products, I was ready to go. Did you know they even guarantee to have the lowest prices and check them against competitors twice a day?! Less money spent on office essentials equals more in the kitty for other essentials… like coffee…happy days!
My goal for my portable office was to have everything I need on a daily basis for work accessible within one portable bag. Here is what I ended up with.
The Ultimate Portable Office
Portable workplace essential 1: Datashell 3 way laptop bag ($69.95)
The perfect bag was essential so this is where I started. It didn’t take me long to find the Datashell 3 way laptop bag. It’s got compartments for everything and was perfect for segmenting all my bits and bobs. Pen holders, little pockets for data storage devices and business cards plus plenty of space for my laptop, diary and notebook.
Portable workplace essential 2: WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable Hard drive ($149)
One thing I realised early on is that I need to try and keep my work paperless. I still can’t live without my diary and notepads but for everything else I’ve aimed to go digital. I use a portable hard drive to back up my computer and another one to store all my important documents and files that can’t be kept permanently on my laptop due to space. I love the WD My Passport Ultra, it copes with the odd drop and is super fast. Plus it comes in awesome colours like “wild berry” 😉
Portable workplace essential 3: Comsol 2200MaH Powerbank ($19.88)
Working on the go means I’m always using power! Whether it’s my phone or the digital camera, keeping a back up powerbank on hand is essential. I tether my phone for internet access quite often and it REALLY drains the battery, the powerbank is perfect for topping up.
Portable workplace essential 4: Jonathan Adler Drink Bottle ($14.99)
Ok, I confess, it’s not essential to have a gorgeous drink bottle, any old plain one will do. But let’s be honest, this one was gorgeous!
Portable workplace essential 5: Microsoft Home Office 365 subscription ($96)
While I made the big move to Mac over a year ago and haven’t looked back, I do still love the Office suite and I use the yearly subscription service for Outlook, Excel and Word. So easy to be able to share documents and they are still more universally compatible.
Portable workplace essential 6: Weekly Planner ($9.98)
If you haven’t checked out Officeworks “own brand” of planners then you NEED to visit your nearest store. I’m totally in love with the weekly planner and have also been using the white board dinner planner for a while now. They have several different designs but I like the modern black and white look.
Portable workplace essential 7: Logitech Wireless Mouse ($16)
If I use a laptop all day without a mouse I soon find my wrists cramping up. The logitech mouse is affordable, wirefree and comfy to use.
Portable workplace essential 8: Phillips in ear headphones ($29.95)
Having gone through multiple sets of cheap headphones I finally gave in and bought these. I should have done it sooner because they are awesome! So much more comfortable and essential for working in noisy environments. Plus I can use them for taking phone calls hands free.
Portable workplace essential 9: Miscellaneous stationary
While I like to be as paperless as possible I do still need to write things down on actual paper. It gets the ideas flowing and there is something relaxing about it. I love the geometric segmented notepad ($3.97) as well as my diary for keeping track of ideas.
I always keep post it notes, highlighters and pens on hand for brainstorming and idea generating. There’s something about colour that brings out creativity!
Conclusion: Can you really work from a portable office?
Well I’ve been testing out my portable office for a week or so now and I’m loving it! Everything is so organised and neat. I’ve stocked it with business cards, some mints and a few other bits and pieces but overall I’ve not needed to add anything to it. I love that it’s stocked and ready to go whenever I have a spare moment to get some work done. Whether it’s escaping to the yard or the local cafe, the portable office is working perfectly. Plus, I didn’t have to break the bank to put it together. Thanks Officeworks!