How To Make Working From Home More Comfortable & Beneficial

A Better Way to Work

8. Epson PowerLite Presenter–The PowerLite is no lightweight when it comes to features: built-in DVD player, two 10-watt speakers, HD connectivity, and widescreen presentation capability. Though it teeters on the 10-pound line, the hefty presenter packs in loads of power. ($899;

Also consider: WowWee’s Cinemin Swivel (; $299.99); the multimedia DLP (digital light processing) pico projector swivels 90 degrees, features an 8-foot projection range, and works with iPods and the iPhone.

Turn Out the Lights…
So you’ve outfitted your office with pretty much all you’ll need to hit the ground running. But have you done everything? Are you sure? How about the lights, environmental controls, office monitoring systems? If you lease a commercial space, you might be covered. But for the SOHO (small office/home office) shop, here are a couple of products to consider:

9. ecobee’s Smart Thermostat, a seven-day programmable device that let you easily monitor your environment even remotely. And the best part? Yep, there’s an iPhone app. ($469;

10. Kwikset’s SmartCode with Home Connect lets you use a Web-enabled cell phone, the Internet, or home automation/security touch panel to check door lock status, automatically arm and disarm your security system, and receive text notification when someone has entered. Features a 30-code capacity, for four to eight digits. (

This article originally appeared in the March 2010 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.