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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Perfect Home Office

I work from home most of the time so I have been looking to set up the perfect home office. I started hunting around for everything from a new laptop, to desk chair, and desk. Even down to lamps and everything else that comes with a home office. When you work as a writer it is very important for you to have a nice, quite space that you can call your own to get your work done. I call my place of work, the place where all the magic happens. Anyway, here are some of the things I ended up getting for my new office, and I am very happy with it. If you are a writer, or you are just starting out working from home, I would strongly suggest that you set up a home office for yourself. Make it look really nice as well, you should be aiming to create a nice calming environment for yourself.

New Computer 

Apple MD10LLA MacBook Pro
Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop 

Okay the first thing I bought was a new laptop. I am normally a Windows, PC kind of girl. However, I decided to splash out a brand  new Apple Mac laptop. I ended up going for the Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) I totally love this laptop, it is perfect for me because I love to go out and sit in a coffee shop and do my work sometimes. So, a desktop would not have been the best choice for me. Here is a list of some of the features on it:

  • 2.9 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 processor
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM; 750 GB Hard Drive
  • 13.3 inch LED-backlit display, 1280-by-800 resolution
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, 7 Hour Battery Life
I take a lot of photographs for my work so 8 GB RAM is great for me. The display is perfectly clear, and the battery life is 7 hours. Although, I have found that it lasts a little bit longer. If you are going to be going out with your laptop, I would suggest that you purchase another battery. All in all the Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop is perfect for the home office. 

                                             HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer (CE875A)

If you are working from home it is essential that you have a good printer. Especially if you print up your own books and newsletters. I have always used inkjet printers. This was the first laser printer I have ever purchased, I bought it after looking through a number of reviews and realising that this one actually ticked all the boxes for me. I ended up going for the  
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer (CE875A) I totally love it. So far I have printed five pictures and three newsletters and I have been very impressed with the speed and silence of this printer. Here are a list of some the great features on this printer.

  • Print from anywhere in the office with wireless. Share printing resources using built-in Ethernet.
  • Get excellent print quality automatically on text, images and graphics with HP EasyColor.
  • Print from anywhere, anytime, with HP ePrint.
  • Install and start printing quickly and easily.

You can buy this printer on Amazon for just over $200 and with super saver shipping and six month finance deals. The HP LaserJet Pro CP152nw Colour Printer is a steal.
Graphite Frosted Glass L-Shaped Computer Desk with CPU Caddy 

A desk is highly important when you are putting together your home office. You are going to be sitting at your desk most of the time. So, it is  good idea for you to pick the best one for you, it should fit in with your decor. It should have enough space to store all your paperwork, and it should be comfortable. If you are not comfortable you are not going to want to sit there for long periods of time doing your work. I went for this really modern table the   Graphite & Frosted Glass L-Shaped Computer Desk with CPU Caddy I love this desk because it has enough space for everything. It doubles up as a computer table, although I have laptop I found it useful because sometimes I use a keyboard instead of my laptop keyboard. I also work with a mouse sometimes too which is great because it has a draw for a keyboard and mouse. It is made of frosted glass and is designed in a L shape fashion. Which looks stylish and it means that more than one person can sit at the table at a time. The glass is very tough, so you don't really need to worry about it breaking or anything.

I have also found that this desk is actually scratch proof which means it is protected with a tough coating to prevent scratches. You can purchase this on Amazon for just over $200, which is a steal because you also get super saver shipping with it.

                                                     Desk Chair

Pillow Top High Back Executive Chair

Boss High Back Executive Chair with Pillow top Pewter Finished Base and Arms

The desk chair is so important because it needs to be comfortable. If it is not comfortable it really will hinder your progress. Trust me, I have sat in an uncomfortable chair for months and it really did not get me anywhere at all. I would find myself shuffling around in the chair rather than doing my work. So, make sure you go for something that is comfortable. Like this Boss High Back Executive Chair with Pillow top Pewter  Finished Base and Arms This chair is so comfortable because of it's high back and cushioned seat and back rest. It really makes you feel like you are the boss with this chair, and that is exactly how you should feel when you are running your own business. You should feel like a boss, and you should feel comfortable at the same time. This is perfect, for me it goes well with my graphite frosted glass L-shaped desk perfectly well with my new Apple MacBook Pro.  You can buy this online from most good online furniture stores although I got mine from Amazon for $140, I got super saver shipping too so I didn't have to pay for delivery of my item. Tip, if you are buying from Amazon, buy everything together and you will get free shipping on everything. You might even get a discount for purchasing more than one product at once.

Lite Source Baton Desk Lamp
 Lite Source Batton Desk Lamp 

The next thing I needed for my office was some lamps, if you want to add other personal touches like a vase or some other ornaments for your desk you can do so too! Give it that personal touch!  When I was looking for some lamps for my desk I was looking for something that looked ultra simple and ultra modern at the same time. I don't really like things to look too complicated so I ended up choosing this Lite Source Baton  Desk Lamp I love it. I fits in well with the modern decor in my office and it just looks great.  Here are a list of the features:

  • Modern desk lamp offers sleek minimalist style
  • Polished steel finish
  • Baton-shaped shade adjusts at two points; weighted base
  • Energy-efficient 8-watt fluorescent light bulb included
  • Measures 14-1/2 inches long by 7 inches deep by 23 inches high

I bought mine online for just over $100, and it was well worth the money. 

So, these are the items are bought for my home office! Why don't you upgrade your office and make your workspace more comfortable and stylish.

Good Luck !

Thursday, July 26, 2012

ooVoo Review

Hi guys
If you work from home, and you have a lot of writers or clients around the world. You need to check this out, it is basically a video chat service much like Skype of MSN but it is slightly better in my opinion. You can use it for video conferencing without having to add any extra software. You can speak to anyone in the world free of charge, up to 12 people all through your Internet connection. Totally free of charge, I have been using it for a couple of months now to speak to clients in India, America, Australia and in France. I totally love it.

The only thing is, not many people have heard of it so, you kind of have to tell your clients or your writers to download it. It is totally worth it though, you can use it on a PC or a Mac and it literally takes no time at all to sign up and set it up. I have been using Skype for a while now but I personally find this service to be a whole lot better than Skype. I was kind of stuck to my Skype for a while but now I am loving my new best friend ooVoo.

If you want to sign up you can click on the banner below and get started!

Oh, I forgot to mention that you can use it on your mobile, your tablet, on the web and on your desktop. You can also integrate this app with Facebook too. So, it is pretty cool well I like it anyway, and I hope you do too.  Check it out.

Good luck

ooVoo LLC

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I Been So Busy

Hi Guys

I have just been trawling through a number of your comments. I am sorry if I have not had the time to post up more on here. However, I have been so busy with launching other sites, client work, motherhood, my book and so many other interesting things. I hope you guys have not forgotten about me! I have a YouTube channel, well two YouTube channels now, one for our online vegan health magazine. The other one is for our self help site. Everything is going really well, I just thought I would post something up for you real quick to let you know that I am still alive. While I am here, I am going to let you know about a little piece of information you might want to know. If you are looking for writing jobs or for ways to make extra money with your writing on the Internet, then this might be something that you are looking for.

Take a look here...and see what you think. It is really good if you want to know exactly what to do to start seeing that real money coming in. Real Writing Jobs 

Thanks again

I will post up again in a couple of days.