Technology is a huge part of everyday life now. We use it to stay in touch with people, get news updates and make purchases. It’s in our cars, in our homes and offices. Many people worry that as a society we are becoming more socially detached thanks to technology. But it’s not all bad news. In fact, technology has paved the way for the home run business. We often get people asking us what kind of tech setup they’ll need if they’re running a company from home. So, here’s the essential run down.
A Computer Or Laptop
Well obviously, you’ll need a computer or laptop but what kind? There are numerous models on the market to suit different budgets and needs. We recommend that you don’t cut out the spending too much here. You want a device that has enough space and runs at a fast enough speed that it doesn’t disrupt your workflow. We also don’t recommend that you purchase a Mac unless you’re willing to buy the extra software you’ll need. If you buy a Mac it’s difficult, though not impossible, to share textual information with a PC. It’s one of the reasons why most businesses still use the windows software despite Mac often having better performance. It’s worth pointing out that you can set up a Mac computer to switch between Mac software and Windows. But this takes a lot of effort and to be honest, you won’t really be missing out on anything using a PC.
Servers And Storage
Generally speaking most families can get by without a storage or data server in their home. The reason for this is that we don’t really store that much digital information. If you do want to store family photos or music an external hard drive will do the trick. However, if you’re running a company from home, you’re going to have a lot of business information entering and leaving your network. You might also have client files that need to be stored in your home. This is the reason we recommend you look into a network installation that will provide data servers. That way, you’ll have a place to store as much digital information as you like. But, it’s not the only reason we’re recommending this possibility.
We already mentioned that you’re probably going to be keeping client information in your home. This might be sensitive information such as account info or payment details. That’s why you do need to think about home security. Specifically, you would be wise to look into getting digital security setup on your computer network. This is more than just getting the latest anti-virus software. You may also want to think about hiring an IT support team to monitor your network. They’ll be able to keep it up to date and deal with any security issues for you.
Physical home security is something else you may want to consider but not always necessary. It depends on whether your home is registered as a business address. If it is, you could find yourself a target of theft.
We hope we’ve shed some light on the type of tech you should be thinking about for a home business.