The computer has become a required piece of equipment for every home office. Learn how to choose which one will best suit you.
There is one universal essential for every home office today. It doesn't matter what type of home business you have, you will need a home office computer system of some type. You may already have some type of computer system at home and you may be tempted to use this for your home business needs; however I strongly urge you not to. If you use your family computer for your home business, you may be unpleasantly surprised one day to find that one of your kids has accidentally erased all of your files, or a virus has been downloaded and wiped everything out. Nevermind the fights with your spouse or partner to get access to the computer in the first place. Buying a good home office computer is one of the best investments that you can make - you're investing in your own success. When you start looking at computer systems, you may be overwhelmed with the large variety out there. The best advice that you can get on this matter is to buy what you need. There is no point getting a computer that is loaded with graphic programs and photo-editing abilities if you are running a book-keeping business. That being said, there are a few areas where you can not go wrong by getting more than you think you may need. You should definitely buy a computer that can be upgraded. No matter how powerful that new computer may seem now it'll need to be upgraded in the next few years. Also buy as much RAM and hard disk space as you can afford - you can never have enough of either of these. This, at least, will mean that you won't have any problems storing large files or running large programs for the first few years. You will also need to make the decision between a laptop and a desktop computer. Both types of computers have their advantages, and the decision largely becomes one of personal preference. If you will be moving around with your business, whether it is to interview people, provide estimates or quotes or any other range of things, you may want to look at a laptop. These machines are now quite light and will have the memory and speed of a desktop system. However, if you will not be traveling around for business, a laptop may not be of much use to you. And many laptops can not be upgraded easily or cheaply, which means a desktop unit may be a better choice. Also, if you have a desktop computer, you will not need to worry about the ergonomics of the keyboard and the mouse as they're designed for prolonged use. Whatever type of computer you invest in be sure to load it with software that you will use and not a lot of extra stuff. There is nothing more distracting then a computer with tempting games and other fun stuff to do on it, when you are trying to get work done. Remember, a computer should be an aid to your productivity, not a distraction.