If you are starting your own home based business, you may be thinking about what kinds of equipment you will need in order to do this. Some things are relatively straightforward, a desk and a chair, for example, however tech can be a whole different story!
Many people wonder if they need something special, computer wise, to start a home based business. Well, in this article we will discuss some of the main considerations when making this all important decision.
What Will You Use It For?
One of the biggest factors to consider is the kind of work you will be doing on the device. For example, spreadsheets and accounting work, will take a lot less processing requirement and memory than if you have to record training videos. With this in mind, you always want to match your computer specifications to your usage needs. This will allow you to get the most cost effective option for your business.
Will You Be Using Cloud Based Storage?
A great way to save a dollar or two on your machine, is to think about whether or not your business can utilize cloud storage as opposed to storing lots of information on the device itself. While you may pay a small fee every month to a cloud company, it could save you a lot of upfront cost, as well as the reassurance that everything is already backed up, saving you the work of doing this manually.
Many people also enjoy the extra security of cloud storage, and, sometimes you can even grab a deal where a new computer will include some free cloud storage which is a huge added bonus!
One of the biggest tips we can give you if you’re struggling with what computer to purchase for your home based business is to ask for professional advice.
Lenovo, for example, have a great online sales team, who will not only answer questions, but if you’re not ‘techy’ at all, they can also help match your needs for your business to a machine, finding the most cost effective option for you.
In general, most computers now have a very good capacity for everyday activities such as browsing, emails and video conferencing, so even the most basic computers can be suitable depending on your individual needs. However, if you are doing more advanced tasks, such as video recording and editing, coding and testing, or security, or need to store a lot of data directly on the device, then you may find that a more powerful machine will come in useful for you.
You should always seek the most cost effective device that meets your needs, and ensure your computer comes with a warranty. Some suppliers also offer extended warranty plans, so if your computer is going to get heavy use, then it may be a good idea to get this. And don’t forget your security software to keep your data safe!