When working online, you need the right tools and supplies to get the job done. Although these tools mostly depend on the type of job you are doing, here is a list of some basic items no work at home employee can go without:
A working laptop or desktop computer that runs the most up-to-date Mac or Windows software is a requirement. It doesn’t have to be a new or expensive computer with lots of features.
As long as the computer is in working condition, is reliable, can access the internet, process word documents and save files and images, it will do just fine.
If you don’t have a computer, ask to use your parent’s or older sibling’s computer. Try to work out a schedule so that you aren’t hogging it all the time, otherwise they won’t let you use it anymore.
You can also ask your parents or family members to buy you an inexpensive or used computer for your birthday or holiday gift.
If none of these are an option, you can also access public computers at your town or school library.
Reliable, high speed internet access is another requirement for online jobs. If you don’t have internet access at home, there are plenty of places that provide free access to wifi or allow you to use computers with internet access, such as your town library, a local coffee shop, your school or college library, etc.
If you aren’t sure where to get internet access in your town, ask a friend, parent or teacher if they know of a place. They’ll be more than happy to help you.
Work Space or Home Office
Having a quiet, private place to work without distractions is a must. Otherwise, you are never going to get any work done.
If you are working at home, a work space can be any small space that is private and out of sight, such as a quiet corner of a bedroom, a walk-in closet, an attic, basement, garage, guest room and etc. Just make sure it is a room that your friends and family don’t come into often so they won’t bother you or distract you.
If you aren’t working at home, any quiet space will do, such as a school computer lab, library, dorm room, study room or even busy places that are quiet during off peak hours such as a college cafeteria after dinner or a coffee shop at night.
Autofill Software or Plugin
If you make money online by completing surveys, or simply fill out a lot of online forms for work, autofill software or browser add-on is a must.
The software automatically fills in forms with information you have previously filled in, such as name, age, place of residence, etc. It drastically cuts down on the amount of time it takes to fill out surveys, which means you have more time to fill out even more surveys and earn even more money.
Roboform and Lastpass are some free autofill software programs and Firefox has a free autofill add-on called Autofill Forms. Note: you aren’t allowed to download add-ons or software to public computers at libraries and etc.
If you work online a lot it is imperative that you use antivirus software to protect your computer from internet viruses. These viruses can appear in many forms such as in unsolicited emails to strange links on unfamiliar sites.
Viruses do different things such as installing a keystroke logger to capture personal information that you type on your keyboard or hijacking your computer and using it to send out spam and viruses. Antivirus software will stop these viruses the minute they are detected and will quarantine them or delete them before they do any harm.
If you can’t afford antivirus software, some reputable free antivirus programs include AVG Antivirus software, Malawarebytes, Bitdefender or Norton Antivirus software. Most PCs also come with free antivirus software such as Windows Defender.
Most teens already have an email account but if not, you’ll definitely need one in order to work online. Registering for most online jobs or websites that allow you to make money online requires an email address, as do services that pay you for your online work such as Paypal. Free email accounts can be obtained via Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo.
Backup File Storage
If you are writing articles, creating images or other files online to make money, you’ll need a place to store backup copies of your files.
Don’t neglect this! If you don’t backup your files and your computer crashes, dies or gets stolen, all of your hard work will be lost and you will be out whatever amount of money you were going to earn from the files.
Always backup your files, preferably everyday, no matter what. Some of the most common ways to backup your files include copying them to Google drive, creating backup files on iCloud, saving backup copies on a thumbnail drive or even emailing yourself a copy of the file.
It’s always a good idea to backup your files to multiple systems as well, just in case one of the systems fails. For example, sometimes people get locked out of their Gmail accounts for unknowingly violating Google’s terms of service.
Once this happens, if Google doesn’t reinstate your account, you can’t access anything you stored in your email or Google drive. Same thing goes with iCloud. Another problem that may arise is if you only save your backup copies to a thumbnail drive and then misplace it, your backup copies are lost as well. Cover all bases and backup your copies to at least two or three other systems.
Fortunately, there are many types of online jobs and most of them don’t require a lot of gear or supplies so you should be able to get by just fine on these items alone. Since they don’t cost any money (except for your own computer perhaps), there’s no excuse not to get them and use them when needed. Using them with save you from a lot of hassles and headaches in the long run.