Business people planning to set up a home business or home office have a huge variety of business systems to choose from today. Anyone starting out may be confused regarding which systems to purchase and whether they should purchase service insurance. We will cover the basics of what every business should consider that is focused on Internet related home based businesses.
Working efficiently from home is an important element of any business, especially if you are planning to conduct any internet related business. Business owners should surround themselves with high quality systems to ensure that they are efficient at what they do every day as well as having sufficient backup systems to avoid lost time due to equipment failure.
A high speed access line by cable modem or DSL is a priority, as is a router with a built in firewall and Ethernet hub. The firewall will provide you with some protection against other users from the internet hacking into your own computer and network. The Ethernet hub will allow you to connect several computers if needed to the same access line. Many business owners are opting for wireless routers and hubs to allow them to place their computers anywhere in the home without having to worry about adding wiring. Users are cautioned to set up their networks with the security option enabled. Otherwise your neighbors or even strangers near by can use your wireless network to connect to the internet.
A high speed computer with the latest hardware and software is also recommended. It is amazing just how fast technology is evolving. Six months after you have made your purchase and set up your system, it will be out of date. Note that it will function and deliver service to you for many years, however it will just not have the latest features etc. available.
Depending on your business you may need multiple telephone lines, a fax line and several printers. Today for a relatively low price, you can purchase all in one systems that include a printer, copier, fax machine and scanner. Most printers that are ink jet deliver excellent quality and print a sufficient number of pages per minute, however if you will be doing a great deal of printing, you may want to consider a laser printer.
One final comment about the systems you purchase. If you cannot tolerate down time, many business owners will always ensure that their data is backed up daily to avoid any significant loss of information. In addition they will also purchase a service package, which will guarantee repairs or replacement of their systems within a specified time frame. Finally many owners will also have a 2nd or 3rd system available so that they do not lose productivity if one were to fail.