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5 Amazon Buys for Working Remotely in 2024

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Remote work hit the big time in the spring of 2020 when we all watched the world shut down thanks to COVID-19, and a whopping 27.5% of private sector employers had staff working remotely some or all of the time in 2022, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite the many headlines and orders of "go back to the office," many of us are digging in our heels and enjoying the greater work-life balance that can come from ditching a long commute and fixed working hours.

I ended up changing careers altogether in the wake of the pandemic, and since I started working remotely permanently, I've had to find the right tools to keep me comfortable and productive. If you're starting a new remote job in 2024, or even just want to improve your ongoing work-from-home experience, here are some excellent and reasonably priced Amazon buys to consider.

1. An excellent weekly planner

Not only am I a remote worker, but I'm also a full-time freelancer, so I must stay on top of my to-do list and keep track of the time I spend working. To that end, I lean on a paper desk calendar that shows me a whole week at once.

This Paper Junkie weekly planner is colorful and features lots of space to fill in the details for any given day. Plus, its small footprint doesn't take up much room, and you add the dates, making it customizable. It's available right now for just $9.99.

2. Colorful sticky notes

Some things are a classic for a reason, and Post-it notes definitely qualify. I've tried non–name brand sticky notes and found them lacking in sticking power. But I love these Post-it Super Sticky Notes.

They come in bright, eye-catching colors and the 3" by 3" size is perfect for covering my workspace with reminders, checklists, and other notes. Best of all, they are reasonably priced at $7.06 as of this writing.

3. A straightforward coffee maker

Coffee is the fuel that powers many remote workers, and making it at home is a good way to save money. Personally, I'm a big fan of this Black+Decker model, as it is reasonably priced ($35.15 for the black one as of this writing), easy to use, and makes 12 standard cups of coffee (five ounces, apparently, for a total capacity of 60 ounces). But let's be real -- you likely drink from bigger cups.

So I measured. My favorite coffee mug holds 12 ounces, and five cups of coffee is more than I drink in a day (or two days). So this modestly priced and easy-to-use machine should do the trick for many remote workers.

4. An adjustable laptop stand

Spend a long day working on a laptop, and you'll definitely feel it in your neck and shoulders. You can try elevating that laptop with hardcover books, but being able to adjust the angle is what you really need.

Feast your eyes on this Nulaxy laptop stand, which is height-adjustable within a range of more than 18". It's going for $46.89 as of this writing, and can give you a more ergonomically comfortable remote work experience.

5. A handy dongle for all your plug-ins

I don't have many issues with Apple computers, but the lack of ports can be a bummer, especially if you're hoping to plug in a receiver for a wireless mouse, a phone charger, or any other accessory. Thankfully, extra ports can be yours for just $24.99 as of this writing, because you can get the UGREEN Revodok from Amazon. It has three USB ports, an HDMI port, and even slots for SD and TF cards.

If any of these have caught your eye, I recommend using a great rewards credit card to make them yours. The best rewards credit card for Amazon specifically is the Prime Visa -- cardholders earn 5% cash back on Amazon purchases. And unlike with some cash back cards, you can use the cash back you earn toward additional purchases as soon as the next day. What's not to like?

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