Francesca Geens of Digital Dragonfly shares her essentials for working away from home
Just because we run home-based businesses doesn’t mean we’re at home day in, day out. Many home workers are now working away from home just as much as they’re in the home office – out meeting clients, networking, coworking and so on.
Francesca Geens runs Digital Dragonfly, a technology consultancy that just works with freelancers, consultants, independent professionals, home businesses and all sorts of ‘one-man bands’ and gives them peace of mind and confidence in the technology they need to run their business.
Here’s what Francesca carries for a productive day working away from home
- The bag itself – let’s be clear just because I am in IT and I carry around a laptop does not mean that I need to succumb to a black laptop bag- I know there are plenty of ‘pretty’ ones around but you are just drawing attention to the fact you are carrying a laptop which is not great. This is my all time favourite Mulberry handbag and I sure wasn’t going to by a laptop that did not fit into it so it came with me to the Apple store when I chose my MacBookAir.
- The MacBookAir is an 11inch standard spec which I love working on and it has a snug neoprene cover which takes up very little space.
- The iPhone which was being used to take the picture so isn’t included but I do have a Kensington USB charger for it which comes in handy towards the end of the day (it gives a full battery charge) – and especially now that I have treated myself to a premium Spotify account which means I am listening to music more when travelling. This leads us on to the headphones which come in a very handy plastic carry pod so no tangled wires.
- I still use a notebook- this one is Moleskine – I like the quality of the paper and the quirky size which is perfect for making notes in client meetings or brainstorming when on the go.
- Of course business cards are essential and I get lots of nice comments on my butterfly card case from Paperchase. I also always carry around a name badge from a networking group I often go to.
- Apart from that its just wallet, rail card, pen, anti-bacterial hand gel and lip gloss! I often also have a Graze snack in my bag too which makes it easy to eat healthily on the go.
What’s in your bag when you’re working away from home? Send me a photo and a description of the contents of your bag and I’ll publish them here with a link to your site or blog.
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And read more by Francesca Geens on using technology in your home office.