If you are in the process of establishing a home-based business, it can be an experience that is both terrifying and exciting at the same time. It’s not quite as simple as deciding that one day you don’t want to follow the rat race and would prefer to work from the comfort of your home, though. There are things you need to invest in, and some things you need to spend money for better value in the long-term.
In the following post, therefore, that is exactly what we will spend some time looking at – the BASIC equipment you shouldn’t skimp on when running a home-based business.
Most home-based businesses require a computer. Whether it is just for official business documentation or as part of the nerve-centre of your business, it is crucial that you don’t try to cut corners when investing in a computer. We are not suggesting that in the early days when your profits are low that you spend all your budget on the flashiest laptop on the market, but investing in a well-designed, good quality brand will do your business more good than opting for a cheap and no-thrills option.
One way to get a good quality computer at a reasonable price is by trading it in. For instance, if you trade in MacBook pro that you’ve had for years, you may be able to get a higher spec model which will serve your business better.
High Speed Internet Connection
Following on from the above, it goes without saying really that if you have a home-based business that requires a computer – you will need internet access. While you may have been able to get by with just the bog standard internet speed when you were just using it for recreational use in the past; when you have a business, everything needs to be a little quicker.
By all means, shop around for the best deal, but don’t cut corners or accept a lower speed connection simply because it will save you a bit of money.
While it may be tempting to just sit in your underwear on the couch operating your business, you will find it more productive if you have a designated and dedicated place in your home for work-related activities. A desk therefore is incredibly important. You need to find one that is not only sturdy and durable, but one that will be comfortable to sit at and work from.
And what goes hand in hand with a desk? That’s right, a chair. For your office space at home it is best that you don’t just buy any old cheap and cheerful chair. Remember, you may be spending hours sat at your desk, so you need to invest in a chair that is ergonomically designed and going to be comfortable for you to sit at for long stretches of time.
While the above guide is not exactly exhaustive and there are other things you should avoid economising on – such as lighting in your home office and things like backup for your files and documents; it is a good starting point if you are trying to assess just what you need for your home business.