Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Home Based Business

What Office Equipment to Buy to Start Your Home Based Business

Running a home based business can be a great way to save the expenses of a brick and mortar office. A few things to realize, which is mostly to keep expenses low. Even home based business can find themselves burdened with too many expenses. Keep it tight, lean, and mean.

Some items you must spend a bit extra on. Extra's like on computers, faxes, and paper. The reason is simple as a home based business we do not have a large budget to hire full time tech support. Paper, the better it is, the less it will jam. Jamming costs you precious time. Your time is so very much more valuable than the extra $1.00 you spend per ream of paper. Are you getting the picture?

Computer: every office needs at least one, this is a basic no brainer. I like HP's they are very reliable, cost a bit more but worth it in the long run. Computer screens or monitors, the bigger the better, keep your budget in mind however. A great screen can come later.

Fax: faxes are a must have for every business and it should have its dedicated line. It is so unprofessional when vendors tell me they have to be home to load there fax, or they cannot talk and fax simultaneously, or they have to be home or at their office to switch it over. I cannot tell you how many times in my investment business contracts of $5,000-$30,000 come over my fax when I am not around. So pay the extra and get a dedicated line.

Phone: you need a land line as well as a cell. The land line cuts your cell bills lower. Plus your cell may need a charge; in this case you can pick up your land line. I like magicjack, it's almost a free service and works really good for the price.

Office Furniture: I have a desk, comfortable chair, plastic chair roller mat, one length-wise filing cabinet, and an upright standing locking metal cabinet from sams, well so is the filing cabinet. Great soft and cool lighting is mandatory for me. Great bright soft lighting makes all the difference in the world working under. Oh and make your chair comfortable but not so comfortable you fall asleep in it.

That is it, that's all you need to get started and functional!

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