Going to run a business from home? You should have a new computer set-up. We're not just trying to sell you more hardware (but, while you're here, please check out our great technology). There are solid financial, legal and security reasons for owning separate family and business computers.
Once you know what you need — and what you want — pick your hardware. Cost is an important issue with no single rule, other than, "It costs what it costs, don't be stingy". If you run a small retail website, you probably need a simple, basic system. If you're a video game designer, you need a big, fast system with lots of memory. If you can afford all the bells and whistles, get them. If you can't, get what you're sure you need and plan to get the rest as your business grows.
What Do You Need?
Every business needs a few basics, including a computer and a multi-task printer. The computer can be a laptop or a desktop; definitely, the former, if you need to take it with you. Almost all printers today include scanner and fax machine, but do you need laser-quality or can you get by with ink-jet? How many pages per month will you print? How much do cartridges cost? What other features do you need? Asking the right questions gets you the right printer.
Then, there's the other stuff:
Office management — word processing, accounting, email, etc.
Cybersecurity — you're never too small to be a victim, in fact, you may be more likely because you can't install the massive firewalls that major corporations use.
Storage/Archive — off-site back-up for your data — losing your data usually means losing your business.
Tech Support — from your friends the Nerds on Call, of course, and don't forget, we make house calls!
Which software is best? That's an entirely individual choice, but there are experts who review software online and are very free with their opinions. Some programs are sold individually, others are available in money-saving software suites. Big name brands spent billions on advertising, but good deals for programs by small companies can be found, and some of them are (according to their users) just as good as the name brands.
Partner with the Experts
Nerds on Call is part of the Facet Family of Companies, providing home business IT support, system sales, computer, and iPod repair, IT consulting services, home automation and more for all of central Illinois. Drop by our convenient retail locations in Normal, Pekin, Peru and Peoria, Illinois, or contact us.