Tips From an Entrepreneur: Upgrade Your Work-From-Home Set-Up

It’s a great time of year to get affordable tech gizmos for your home office

When lockdowns became a nationwide reality in 2020, many of us had to work from home. We had to make do with whatever resources we had: the kitchen table, an outdated laptop and lots of new aches and pains.

It’s time to start 2021 right with a few affordable tweaks to our home office set-up. December is a great time to do it, too. Lazada’s 12.12 mega sale runs for three days, followed by a smaller sale through till December 17.

And who better to advise us than Jonathan Elano, founder of online gadget store Histan Online Shop. After a career in government services, the Iligan-based entrepreneur and Entrepreneurial Marketing graduate of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology struck out on his own, launching Histan on Lazada in 2017. Two years later, he created TechMart on Shopee, moved out to Taguig and made the business his full-time pursuit. And with a two-person staff and a small warehouse, Jonathan knows a thing or two about the lean, remote work set-up.

Here are his favorite products, on sale on Lazada and Shopee.


Bluetooth Keyboard

Bluetooth keyboard

The ideal height for your screen has been a topic of discussion this year, but unfortunately, without a separate keyboard, you are limited in how high you can place your computers. Even those with powerful laptops should consider this rechargeable Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard that’s compatible with most mainstream-brand computers, tablets, smartphones and PCs. Its scissor-switch keypad and well-sized keys make for a silent, comfortable and error-free typing experience.


Bluetooth Mouse

Bluetooth mouse

If you’re still using your laptop’s touchpad, it’s time to upgrade to this rechargeable and energy-efficient Bluetooth mouse. It’s ergonomically designed, meaning both left- and right-handers can use it comfortably for long hours. The Bluetooth pairs easily with Windows, Mac OS and Android devices. To save charge, it automatically goes into sleep mode if inactive for more than 11 minutes. “It also has a 2.4GHz USB receiver, but my favorite feature is the silent click, so you don’t disturb others,” Jonathan says.


USB 3.0 Type-C Hub

Type-C hub

There’s a lot you can already do with your little laptop. But to really grow your work-from-home capabilities, you need this sleek and elegant USB 3.0 Type-C Adapter. Want to add an additional external monitor to extend your workspace? Beam your screen onto the wall via a projector? Hook up fancy speakers and external hard drives to your laptop? This is the accessory for you. With no external drivers or power source required, it’s a simply plug-and-play design.


Wireless PowerPoint Presenter

Wireless PowerPoint presenter

Giving business presentations became got tricky in 2020, but the tech is easier than ever. This wireless presentation clicker has a simple, intuitive design and a 100-meter range, meaning you can toggle through your slides while at your laptop or across a conference room. It comes with a plug-and-play mini USB, so you can carry your presentation around with you, and works with easy-to-replace AAA batteries.


iPad and Macbook Cases

Macbook cases

Without access to all the gadgets at the office, our personal laptops, tablets and smartphones are not just personal accessories, but essential work tools. Keeping them safe has become more important than ever. If you don’t have them already, consider getting hard cases for your iPad and Macbook, which helps protect them from falls and spills.

CleanX Premium Cleaner

CleanX anti-bacterial cleaner

Histan is the only distributor of this powerful, anti-bacterial cleaning solution in the Philippines. With no alcohol, ammonia or other abrasive chemicals, this odor-free spray has been tested on major tech brands and provides streak-free cleaning for all screens and glasses. The 100ml bottle comes with a microfiber cloth and brush.


To explore Histan’s catalogue and enjoy great discounts in December, please visit the online store on Lazada (use the voucher here), or buy from Shopee, using the promo code TECHSMILE

Produced in partnership with Histan Online Shop.

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