2. A Printer
I don’t know about you, but I print WAY less stuff than I used to. So much of my work is stored online and sent by email that I hardly need to turn on a printer at all.
But this does not mean printers are obsolete. I’ve found that some companies I deal with don’t use electronic signatures, so occasionally I need to print and sign something before sending it back.
But keep in mind occasional printer use has its own problems. Some inkjet printers seize up if you don’t use them regularly. I made the switch to a laser printer a long time ago, and will never go back. With the amount of printing I do, the toner cartridge lasts forever, which takes some of the sting out of the high replacement cost.
And on the rare occasion when I need to print in color, there’s a copy shop 5 minutes away that is pretty cheap.
Sidenote: when I started freelancing you still needed a scanner. But scanner apps and plain old photos on mobile devices work just as well, if not better, so I don’t think I’ll ever buy a scanner again.