It’s crucial that freelancers create and maintain a good workspace.

By “good” I don’t just mean a work space that looks cool or that has all of the latest gadgets, I mean a workspace that will help build your business, that increases your productivity, and that, overall, will make you a better freelancer.

While the latest gadgets and 6 monitors might help increase your productivity, that’s not always necessary for a good workspace—there are certain essentials that every freelancer needs to have.

Freelancers Union shares 3 of those workspace essentials that your workspace should include.

A good freelance workspace supports you, instead of hindering you. It should be a tool, not an obstacle.

“2. Utility

Anybody who has ever said it’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools has never tried to operate buggy, pirated software on an ancient, constantly-crashing computer.

You may indeed do stellar work on cruddy equipment; you may even find that necessity becomes the mother of invention. You needn’t own top-of-the-line goods in order to work effectively, but you must be ABLE to work.

A good freelance workspace supports you, instead of hindering you. It should be a tool, not an obstacle. If you consistently find that an element of your workspace is not usable (or is distractingly terrible), prioritize improving it.

Invest in that new computer or those ergonomic chairs, if you can. I realize that money may be short – I’ve been there. But put utility and function ahead of luxury, in such an instance.

Invest in yourself, your health, and your work. Don’t let sub-par equipment drag you down.”

Read the whole post at Freelancers Union.