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Creating the new digital work space

More and more workers are staying home. In fact, the percentage of all workers who worked at least 1 day at home increased from 7 percent in 1997 to 9.5 percent in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with two-thirds of those working exclusively from their homes. But to get the job done, remote workers need the right equipment.

There's more to telecommuting and freelancing than working in your PJs and raiding the pantry on an hourly basis. Of course, you'll need a smartphone and a laptop, giving you the ability to be flexible and mobile. But if you're truly planning to turn your spare bedroom, or any other residential square footage, into a workplace that rivals a professional office environment, you'll need a lot more than that. (And good news, most of it may be tax deductible!)

Here are 10 essentials for living the sweet, telecommute life.

By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com

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