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6 Pieces of Technology You Need to Start Your Home Business This Year

Running a business from the comfort of your home is very rewarding, and it's an option most people wish was available to them. Setting up a home office is an exciting event, but it can be stressful if you haven't done it before. You've got to make sure you have the right equipment and that you've set up your business internet service.

In a fast-paced and constantly changing digital landscape, there are some essential pieces you'll want to have before starting up a home office. Here are six pieces of technology you'll need to run a home business.

Computer

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The type of computer setup you use will affect your comfort, which in turn affects productivity. Before you purchase a computer to work from home, consider the nature of your work to determine if you need a desktop, laptop, or tablet. For instance, if you stay in one spot during your work day and you work on multiple projects, then you may prefer a desktop computer with multiple screens. If your business requires managing numerous projects and you're always mobile, then you'll want a laptop.

High-Speed Internet

It's true that internet speeds directly affect productivity. So, you'll want to make sure your internet is operating at maximum speed and choose a service that offers broadband. The truth is, the days of using dial-up connections are long gone because that type of connection makes it harder to open certain media files, and it takes longer to download email attachments. If you run a business that requires constant use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, then you'll want to have a broadband connection.

Printer or Multipurpose Machine

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The type of printer you use might not sound important. However, it's imperative. If you only need to print documents, then a single function printer is a good option. However, if you have to scan or fax multiple documents, then you'll want to buy a multipurpose printing machine. You'll appreciate the money you save by just plugging in one device that does all the work like scanning, faxing, and copying. Also, if your workspace is limited, then a multipurpose machine is the best choice.

Communication Systems

Consider how you'll communicate with clients — choosing a communications systems shouldn't be taken lightly. Don't select a system because it's popular. Instead, choose a system because it meets the needs of your business. For example, if you need to video chat with clients, then Skype for Business is a good communication system for your business.

Skype for Business has multiple functions like video chatting and the option to screen share with one person or multiple people. Skype also allows you to connect from any device anytime.

Smartphone

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Many people use smartphones to help manage their personal lives, but it's also an excellent device to use while working from home. Your smartphone is your window to the world, and it allows you to quickly access clients and get work done while you're mobile. Let's face it, having the ability to check your email while you're mobile is critical. And, what about doing last minute research?

A smartphone like the LG G6 on a 4G LTE network such as T-Mobile's will allow you do a quick Google search, so you have data right at your fingertips. T-Mobile has a fast LTE unlimited network so you can do a quick internet search or stream videos all you want. If you're mobile, using a fast LTE network only makes sense.

Software

The software you use — like the type of email management application — will also impact your business from home. An email management application that can handle bulk emails is your first choice. For example, SendBlaster lets you send mass messages and even track customers who made purchases after seeing your email.

Depending on the type of work you do, there will be other items you'll need for your home office. This checklist will get you started as well as help you brainstorm as you create a complete list.