Business Class: 20 Products That Will Upgrade Any Home Office

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Working from home doesn't mean you have to skimp on the quality of your office environment. Here are 20 products that will work overtime for you.

1. SUSHI PUSHPINS; $16

Fred Sushi Pushpins
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Instead of putting your pushpins in a small tin or mug, why not place them in a clever sushi roll-shaped holder? This novelty set comes with 50 pushpins that are stored on top of a cushion that resembles a bed of sushi rice wrapped in seaweed.

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2. BAMBOO JARS; $20

Bamboo Jar
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Each of these eco-friendly storage sets includes three small 6-ounce jars made out of bamboo, which adds both durability and style. Jars feature a swivel lid that securely closes with magnets—perfect for storing all of your home office needs, like paper clips, rubber bands, or pens and pencils.

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3. OTTOMAN; $25

Foldable Tufted Storage Ottoman
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This non-woven polyester ottoman can be used as a footrest, extra seating (it supports up to 400 pounds) or storage. With the lid off, it can serve as space for charging cables, power strips, or extra reams of printer paper.

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4. ANTI-FATIGUE COMFORT MAT; $32

Royal Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: If you use a standing desk in your home office, then this non-slip anti-fatigue mat is the best solution for comfort and support. By standing on it, you'll  take pressure off your joints and lower back, according to the company, so you can work better without dealing with the wear-and-tear of standing up all day.

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5. POL MAKE BOXES; $10

MUJI PP Make Box
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Muji storage boxes are stackable—saving space on your desk—and also translucent, meaning you can keep track of what's inside at a glance.

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6. LONG LIST MAGNETIC NOTEPAD; $5

Long List Magnetic Notepad
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Keep track of your daily tasks in style with this 100-page "long list" notepad that features a magnetic back.

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7. KODAK POCKET PORTABLE PROJECTOR; $200

Kodak Ultra Mini Portable Projector
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Want to up your meeting game? This portable pocket projector (it's small enough to fit in your back pocket) from Kodak turns any smartphone or laptop display into an 80-inch high-definition digital projection. Just connect your device to the projector via HDMI and you’ll be the king or queen of the boardroom.

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8. FILE CABINET; $71

File Cabinet
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Every home office needs a file cabinet to keep important papers under lock and key. This simple, but secure cabinet from Lorell is compact with two drawers that are made of sturdy steel. It’s also small enough to keep under a desk—and out of the way.

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9. UNI PROMARK VIEW HIGHLIGHTER; $8

Uni Promark View Highlighter
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Mark up documents without bleeding through the paper. Available in five bright colors (pink, orange, yellow, blue, and green), these highlighters also feature a small transparent window near the tip so you can make sure you're emphasizing the right points.

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10. DESK COLLECTION; $26

Poppin All Set Desk Collection Set
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Each of these desk sets includes six ballpoint pens, a pen cup, a stapler with staples, a tape dispenser with a roll of transparent tape, and more. The bright orange shade ensures you’ll never lose it beneath desk clutter.

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11. BUNNY DESK ORGANIZER; $33

Bunny Scissors and Paper Clip Holders
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Never “fur-get” where you placed your office supplies with this desk organizer shaped like a small bunny. Its ears double as scissors, and its carrot sprout serves as a paperclip holder.

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12. DESK LAMP; $49

Ikea Ranarp Work Lamp
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Shed some light on your workspace with this sleek desk lamp from IKEA, which features an adjustable arm and head.

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13. CABLEBOX; $30

Bluelounge CableBox
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Never have time to tackle that jumbled mess of cables from computers, modems, and device chargers? Stash the mess in a CableBox, which keeps a tight lid on all your power strips and other cords without requiring you to constantly detangle them.

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14. LAPTOP STAND; $40

Rain Design mStand Laptop Stand
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Instead of hunching over your desk, keep your laptop at eye level with the help of this all-aluminum stand. It fits most Apple and PC laptop models and even features a nook underneath to stow your keyboard and mouse when not in use.

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15. MONITOR STAND; $99

AmazonBasics Premium Single Monitor Stand
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: If you want to eliminate neck and back strain, as well as clutter from your busy desk, then this adjustable monitor stand is for you. This easy-to-install stand can raise your computer monitor up to 10 inches above your desk surface and also allows you to rotate your screen to either landscape or portrait mode. The solid aluminum design is strong enough to support monitors up to 25 pounds and 32 inches wide.

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16. SAFE; $47

safe box
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Keep all your important papers, photos, USB flash drives, digital media, and external hard drives secure. This safe can hold up to 0.39 cubic feet of valuable materials under lock and key and is both fire-resistant (for up to 30 minutes) and waterproof.

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17. PAPER SHREDDER; $35

paper shredder
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Guard against identity theft with this paper shredder, which is quick enough to shred eight pages in seconds and strong enough to destroy credit cards with ease. Now, you can dispose of important documents without worry.

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18. LABEL MAKER; $25

label maker
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Personalize your home office with this easy-to-use label maker from Brother. Battery-powered or chargeable via a wall outlet, this device can hold up to 30 labels at a time. It also features keys with 14 fonts, 10 styles, 97 frames, and more than 600 symbols to make labels for every occasion.

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19. BULLET PEN; $15

Fisher Space Pen Raw Brass Bullet Pen
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This “bullet” space pen is made of raw unfinished brass that’s adaptable for writing in almost any environment, including underwater, upside down, in extreme cold or heat, and even in outer space. So if you ever find yourself in zero gravity, this ballpoint pen will also never let you down!

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20. MESH WASTEBASKET; $12

Mesh Wastebasket
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: This waste-paper basket is made of solid steel wire mesh and can hold up to 4.5 gallons of waste before it needs to be emptied.

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Keep Hackers Out Forever With This Top-Rated VPN for Just $39

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Think for a moment about how many private interactions you have on the internet. Saved passwords, credit card information, private conversations, medical records— almost your entire identity. Protect your privacy and identity across five devices for under $40 with a lifetime VPN from KeepSolid, which provides you peace of mind to continue using online conveniences without fear, bandwidth limits, or geographic restrictions.

Daily protection is extremely important when almost every transaction is made online. Groceries, movies, games, bills, and so much more are all paid for online with your personal and accessible information—but the concern doesn’t stop with others’ access to you. What happens when you’re restricted from accessing parts of the internet yourself? KeepSolid VPN Unlimited will also bypass censorship to allow you access to any site you’d like. This comes in handy when you’re traveling abroad in countries that restrict access to sites like Facebook.

More than 10 million customers globally have trusted KeepSolid VPN Unlimited with their internet access, identity, and privacy without compromised browsing speeds or the danger of leaving data exposed to theft and fraud. If the reviews of the general public don’t sway you, perhaps the military-grade AES 256-bit encryption will (that’s cybersecurity lingo for very secure).

While Keepsolid VPN Unlimited can't keep your fingers from accidentally sending that Snapchat to the wrong person (that’s on you), it can protect you from the privacy violations that are out of your control and often go undetected. Add the best VPN to your cybersecurity toolkit at the sale price of $39, and enjoy a massive selection of servers worldwide, a rich variety of VPN protocols, and much more to keep hackers out of your sensitive data for a lifetime.

 

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This $49 Video Game Design Course Will Teach You Everything From Coding to Digital Art Skills

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If you spend the bulk of your free time playing video games and want to elevate your hobby into a career, you can take advantage of the School of Game Design’s lifetime membership, which is currently on sale for just $49. You can jump into your education as a beginner, or at any other skill level, to learn what you need to know about game development, design, coding, and artistry skills.

Gaming is a competitive industry, and understanding just programming or just artistry isn’t enough to land a job. The School of Game Design’s lifetime membership is set up to educate you in both fields so your resume and work can stand out.

The lifetime membership that’s currently discounted is intended to allow you to learn at your own pace so you don’t burn out, which would be pretty difficult to do because the lessons have you building advanced games in just your first few hours of learning. The remote classes will train you with step-by-step, hands-on projects that more than 50,000 other students around the world can vouch for.

Once you’ve nailed the basics, the lifetime membership provides unlimited access to thousands of dollars' worth of royalty-free game art and textures to use in your 2D or 3D designs. Support from instructors and professionals with over 16 years of game industry experience will guide you from start to finish, where you’ll be equipped to land a job doing something you truly love.

Earn money doing what you love with an education from the School of Game Design’s lifetime membership, currently discounted at $49.

 

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