Home Office Technology On A Budget: K.I.S.S

Your home office doesn’t have to break the bank. Know what you need and apply the K.I.S.S. principle. Keep it simple.

Office Technology Business Needs Analysis

You have a home based business, sometimes referred to as your “Plan B”. What technology do you really need to operate?

  • Smartphone
  • Computer
  • Software
  • Internet

Think through your day. Where will you spend most of your time and what will you need to do? If 80% of your day is out on the road, can you function on a smartphone or should you consider a laptop or tablet for the road? If you use a tablet, will there be a need to transfer data to your computer? Once you decide on the hardware, what software do you need and how do you keep the cost down? I’m getting tired just setting up the scenario!

Hardware

ComputerI have to admit to a bias on phones. I believe they are mostly for phone calls and simple messaging; text, email or social media. Short and sweet. This means that as long as you can dial a number and send email, any phone will do. If it’s for demonstration purposes like running a video demonstration for a prospect, you need a tablet or laptop. An iPad would be nice but are they really worth the cost? If you are on a limited budget, visit a place like Best Buy or Canada Computers and you can find very affordable tablets that you can either access the Internet (Gotta love most coffee shops and free Wi-Fi these days!) and Youtube or load video files directly for when there is no Internet connection. Laptops are less convenient for situations like running a presentation in a coffee shop but you could get by without a tablet if you use a laptop. This would also give you the flexibility to connect to a projector for full fledged demonstrations if that is likely to happen in your world. If your budget allows, I would also keep a desktop in the home office because of their greater storage capacity. This would allow you to keep a backup copy of critical files in case of emergency.

Software

An office productivity suite will cover most of your needs. Cost has come down a lot from when I was in the computer solutions business. I remember selling the Microsoft Office Professional for approximately $900. In those days, I preferred Corel WordPerfect because it was a better product for half the price. These days you can get Open Office for nothing and it does everything most people need. You might consider something like QuickBooks to track your business financials

Will you be creating your own graphics? There are many free tools or you could consider Adobe products and alternatives like Serif.

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Office Technology Solution Sample

This post was creating using a refurbished computer from Canada Computers, a Dell OptiPlex GX775 and my Pure Leverage suite. I paid $119 for the computer and $25/month for the Pure Leverage suite.

Dell OptiPlex 775:

  • Pentium Core 2 Duo 2.33Mhz
  • 4GB DDR2
  • 80GB Hard Drive
  • DVD ROM
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (free upgrade to Windows 10)

Pure Leverage Suite

  • Pure LeverageWeb Site and development software
  • Online Conference Room
  • Video Producer
  • Auto Responder Email System
  • Elite Coaching program

I installed a free anti-virus program, a free malware program and the free Open Office productivity suite. You can buy a printer under $50 these days or just email to Staples and have your documents printed there!

Backup

One of the easiest things to overlook is a backup solution. Typically, the cost is frightening. External drives are $100 or more and they can be stolen or fail. Tape drives can run into multiple hundreds of dollars. The challenge is that if you don’t have a backup and your computer is damaged in a fire or stolen, how do you get all your files back? Chances are your business is gone with your hardware and files.

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In these days of precarious employment, many find it necessary to find ways to supplement their income. Don’t let the cost of setting up your home office scare you. The cost can be quite manageable if you are willing to do a little research and work. I hope this blog helps you get started.

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for informational blogs. I’m thankful for opportunity. I’m thankful for every new beginning.

What are you thankful for today?

The Christmas season changes people! This can be the most stressful time of year.

I worked in retail for many years and people used to say to me “It must be fun working in the stores at this time of year!”. Not!! The Holiday season changes people.

 

STRESSED OUT STAFF

Man-CryingRetail staff are typically working longer shifts, more of them and the recovery of the stores at the end of the day is horrendous. Shoppers drop things all over the store. At the end of the day, someone has to gather that all up and put it where it belongs. It’s like when the husbands and kids just drop things and think it miraculously puts itself away.

Imagine being in a store and hearing someone saying TGIF!

Are you kidding me?! That’s the third busiest day of the week with the two busiest yet to come. Don’t get me going on Sunday shopping! These people have been busting their backsides to keep everything you need ready for your appearance in the store and then get snapped at because the person before you took the last of the item you came for. There’s more in the back if you’ll be patient!

 

STRESSED OUT CLIENTS

People, like bankers and financial advisors, are rushing to get all of their year end tasks completed so they can enjoy this time with family. Then they are rushing to get ready for the holidays. Shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping and so on. Plus, keeping up to the normal day to day chores.

At the risk of coming across as sexist, Moms are amazing. I don’t know how they keep up because the kids typically seem to go to her for help, oblivious to all of the other stuff she has already been doing. Men, help!

For some, they have lost a loved one, or experienced something like job loss. The holidays work to emphasize loss and some can actually sink into depression. I can tell you that, having lost a child, there are moments that are not the brightest at this time of year. I might even snap at you if you catch me in a bad moment.

We all need to remember that at this time of year, everyone is under stress. Even people who don’t observe holidays at this time of year. They are under the same pressure to complete tasks at work before the office or store closes for the break. No pressure!

 

BE KIND

3D-Women-Presentation-06Remember that the retailer is trying their best to accommodate your needs. It’s not their fault you are shopping five minutes before the store is closing.

Think about the person that is calling your office and the pressure they are under. Take a break! When you are feeling frustrated, go for a little walk and get some air. That’s being kind to yourself. You deserve kindness too.

Taking a few minutes to unwind before facing family, staff and clients is not only a good thing for your health, it’s good for business.

Breathe.

It’s difficult to stay mad with someone who is kind and letting their face and voice show it. Now, get out there and kill them with kindness!

 

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for the Christmas season. I’m thankful for all of the people who try to make me smile. I’m thankful for you!

What are you thankful for today?