Equipping Your Home Office - Part 2

Written by Vishal P. Rao

Vishal P. Rao

Choosing Home Office Equipment

In Part 1 of this article we discussed how to select office furnishings and why makingrepparttar right choices were crucial to your comfort and ability to remain organized. In Part 2 we will take a look at your basic home office equipment needs.

1. Computers

The type of computer that's best for you depends uponrepparttar 117068 type of work that you do, and whether you spend all of your time in your home office, or go out onrepparttar 117069 road to meet clients. While there are a seemingly endless choice of makes and models, there are essentially only three basic choices.

For most home office situations,repparttar 117070 desktop computer reigns supreme. However, if you are onrepparttar 117071 road a lot then you can find notebook computers with nearlyrepparttar 117072 same horsepower asrepparttar 117073 best desktop. If you do choose a notebook,repparttar 117074 consider one that has an available docking station. That way, when you are in your home office, you can easily use a standard keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

Even if you have a desktop or notebook, you might have room in your life for a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). PDAs, such as those from Palm Computing, can be a very valuable personal productivity tool especially if you need real-time access to your appointments, to-do lists, and phone numbers. Withrepparttar 117075 growing popularity of wireless Internet access you can even use your PDA to connect to your home office computer no matter where you are.

2. Printers

Your first decision is what type of technology to go with --laser or ink jet. Laser printers use a toner cartridge/drum assembly while ink jets accept ink tank cartridges. Lasers are generally better for high-volume printing and have higher duty cycles--the manufacturer's rating forrepparttar 117076 unit's recommended monthly workload. Lasers also produce better-quality black text than most ink jets, though some ink-jet models rival low-end lasers.

Lasers are also faster than ink jets, but ink jets offer a lower cost model if you need to print in color. Color laser printers are still very expensive. Sincerepparttar 117077 prices for laser and ink jets are so low, you could consider buying one of each.

Another important item to consider is resolution. A printer's resolution determinesrepparttar 117078 overall print quality of your documents. Resolution meansrepparttar 117079 number of dots per inch that appear onrepparttar 117080 page as a horizontal and vertical measurement such as 600 x 600 dots-per-inch or dpi. A 600 x 600 dpi resolution produces adequate quality for most projects.

Your final deciding factor is speed. While printers rarely perform up torepparttar 117081 manufacturer's claims, you should still userepparttar 117082 printer's posted performance specifications as a guideline. An acceptable speed for personal laser printers is around 6 to 10 pages per minute. An acceptable range for ink jet printers is 4 ppm or above.

There are printers that do double, triple, or even quadruple duty as a fax, copier, and scanner as well. You should consider buying one of these models if you have a need for all of this equipment.

3. Internet access

Today you have a wide choice of Internet access protocols. If you accessrepparttar 117083 Internet only to check your email, and browserepparttar 117084 web a bit, then you might be able to get by with an inexpensive dial-up account. This type of access generally runs around $9.95 per month and up.

If constant, high-speed Internet access is a requirement for your home office business, then you need to step up to either Digital subscriber lines (DSL), or a cable modem. Both provide sufficient speed for any type of business that you are likely to run out of a home office.

DSL utilizes unused bandwidth on your existing telephone lines to provide a constant connection, while cable modems use your existing cable television network. DSL may not be available in your area. It depends upon your telephone company's technology and how far you are from a DSL access point.

Cable, onrepparttar 117085 other hand, is available in all butrepparttar 117086 most remote markets. Still, if you can't get either, then there is alwaysrepparttar 117087 possibility of a satellite uplink. While this was considered extravagant only a few years ago, it's affordable and no more trouble than installing a small dish antenna on your home and signing up forrepparttar 117088 service.

Is A Home Business Right For You?

Written by Stone Evans

Is a Home Business Right For You? http://www.home-profit.com Copywright @ 2003

Every morning as people wake up and makerepparttar commute to work, many dream ofrepparttar 117067 day when they will finally work for themselves. Every timerepparttar 117068 boss lets someone know that they must give up their weekend plans forrepparttar 117069 good ofrepparttar 117070 company, people contemplaterepparttar 117071 benefits of beingrepparttar 117072 owner of their own business.

Are you one of these people?

If you are, it is important to ask yourself some very important questions before you makerepparttar 117073 uncertain leap into self-employment.

Many dream ofrepparttar 117074 benefits of home business ownership, but few take into accountrepparttar 117075 sacrifices that must be made to bringrepparttar 117076 dream to fruition. Please don't make this mistake yourself.

You must approach home business ownership with your eyes wide open. Ask yourselfrepparttar 117077 important questions, and more importantly, answer your own questions openly and honestly.


Are yourepparttar 117078 type of person who relishes every chance to gather aroundrepparttar 117079 water cooler for social interaction?

If so, then home business ownership may not berepparttar 117080 right decision for you.

Instead, if you feel that you can be quite content sitting alone at your desk; speaking only to clients and really minding your own home business, then you might have what it takes to succeed as a home business entrepreneur.

If you feel at ease with your own company and don't need a dozen co-workers milling around your desk, then you, too, could savorrepparttar 117081 freedoms that will allow you and your family, to liverepparttar 117082 lifestyle you know you want and deserve.


Self-motivation isrepparttar 117083 key to success when you start a home-based business. You need to possessrepparttar 117084 ability to push yourself ahead. Your drive and determination will be reinforced with every new sale.

The level of success that you will achieve greatly depends onrepparttar 117085 time and effort you are willing to plow into your new home business. Your organization, planning and marketing skills, will all be put into practice when you embark on your liberating journey from employee, to being your own boss. In fact, you will berepparttar 117086 wearer of many hats and gain a wealth of business experience alongrepparttar 117087 way, when you finally make that commitment to work at home.

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