Learn what it takes to do your best work from home [Deals]

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The 2020 Ultimate Work From Home Starter Kit Bundle
Gain a ton of new skills that'll help you make the most of working from home.
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Who ever thought they would miss going to the office? Work from home is the new normal, and for many it’s also a new way of working. This bundle of 16 courses offers invaluable insights and skills that make working from home as easy and effective as it can be.

Apps to boost your work-from-home productivity

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It only takes a few key tools to make working remotely much more manageable.
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COVID-19 lockdown certainly brought a swift change from the norm for many people. We’re dealing with the added stress of different working situations, the struggle to get groceries, and in many cases, even acting as teachers or child care providers.

All of that can make it really challenging to feel accomplished and productive. Luckily, I finally found my groove in the last week or so, thanks to a couple of really useful apps (and some self-imposed rules).

This amazing video-editing setup is Hollywood-grade [Setups]

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This wfh setup is truly incredible.
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Waqas Qazi may be a freelance Hollywood colorist, but his desk setup is worthy of an emperor. His jaw-dropping rig boasts three monitors to play with, and a trio of bookshelf speakers to pump out the audio. Plus, he has a DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel, for color-grading and editing, and the Elgato Stream Deck XL, which is great for multitasking.

And don’t forget that cheese-grater Mac Pro!

A $700 curved monitor is only the start of this awesome WFH setup [Setups]

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An LG curved monitor dominates this photographer's WFH setup.
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An amazing 34-inch curved monitor dominates the desk of Lior Alon, a photographer from Israel. In addition to the sweet screen, she also uses a high-end Logitech mouse and, of course, Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 — the staple of any great setup.

To finish it off, a pair of super-high-def monitor speakers from Adam Audio and a Steinberg USB interface give her studio-quality sound.

Get the perfect lighting and angles for your quarantine streams [Deals]

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Boost your streaming video game with these discounted gear bundles.
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Being unexpectedly stuck at home can mean you’ve suddenly got time to start streaming your thoughts and creative endeavors. But if you want people to watch your videos, you’ve got to cover the basics — good camera angles and quality lighting.

These two DIY bundles include studio lights, camera grips and more so you can stream video like a pro.

This iOS app doesn’t let quarantine keep you from exercising [Deals]

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MoovBuddy
Relieve body pain, build strength, improve posture and more with specialized exercises created by doctors and physiotherapists.
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Stuck at home, unable to go to the gym, or worried about the safety of taking a jog? That shouldn’t prevent you from getting in your daily physical activity. Exercise is key to physical and mental health, after all. And this app offers ways of staying active even while you stay put.

Learn to become an expert in Excel while working from home [Deals]

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The Premium A to Z Microsoft Excel Bundle offers lifetime access to 43 hours of basic to advanced instruction on functions, formulas, tools and more.
Get lifetime access to 43 hours of basic to advanced instruction on functions, formulas, tools and more.
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One great way to spend newfound downtime during the coronavirus shutdown is to sharpen your skills. Jobs are growing scarce, so any edge you can give yourself is beneficial. One skill that’s almost universally valuable is a working knowledge of Excel, Microsoft’s industry-standard spreadsheet application.

VPN use skyrockets during self-quarantine, and you should get in on the action [Deals]

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Now's a great time to finally protect your online activity with a virtual private network.
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As the coronavirus pandemic leads to stay-at-home lockdowns around the country, lots of people are suddenly online even more than usual. Unfortunately, with increased online activity comes extra risk of data theft and compromised privacy.

Plus, many people who became stuck while traveling now face problems accessing location-restricted content. So it’s little wonder that NordVPN says use of its virtual private network services spiked 165% since March 11. If you haven’t already jumped on the VPN bandwagon, now is a great time to do it. With this deal from KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, you can get a lifetime’s access for just $39.

Gear up for the new work-from-home normal with these must-haves [Deals]

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We've rounded up some of the best gear and accessories to help make the most from working from home.
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Working from home? Welcome to the new normal. Even under the best circumstances, transitions can be difficult, and a lot of it comes down to good habits. But it can also come down to having the right tools. That’s why we rounded up timely deals on some of the best gear for working from home.

Get ready to save on second computer screens, monitor stands, Mac accessories and more. There’s even a hot deal on a refurbished Magic Mouse 2!