There are a number of factors to take into consideration when setting up a laptop for your small business, with the specifications of the device just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some tips to help you set up an efficient computing system in your home office.
Desktop computer vs. laptop
Laptops can be the more versatile option, allowing you to work from the office or on-the-go. However, desktop computers tend to be more powerful and robust. Think about the importance of portability against the value you’ll gain from having a more capable machine.
Whichever you choose, make sure that the device is dedicated specifically to business. Using it for other purposes or allowing other people access will only serve to compromise the security of your files and the computer’s performance. Plus, you need unrestricted access to it 24/7.
Think about the main purposes of the computer in order to determine which specifications you require. Creatives might need a large high-resolution screen and a top-of-the-range graphics card so that they can better work with computer imaging programmes, for example.
Of course, the most difficult thing is balancing the cost with the features of the computer. This is why it is important to both set a strict budget and determine your computing priorities before shopping for a new a laptop or desktop PC.
Wireless internet is an absolute must when setting up a laptop, as this gives you the freedom to conveniently move around the house without losing your connection. You will therefore need to invest in a router.
Although you can plug an Ethernet cable straight into a desktop PC to connect to the web, it might still be a good idea to go wireless. This is because it will give you the option to expand your network and connect to the web on other devices, such as your smartphone. You might need to purchase a wireless network adaptor in this instance.
Remember to purchase a protective bag for your laptop, and consider investing in a separate ergonomic keyboard and mouse which will allow for more comfortable working at your home office desk. Make sure you have a good office chair too.
Software is one of the most important considerations when setting up the computing system in your home office, as it is crucial for enabling you to properly conduct necessary operations. You must think about the operating system you need before buying your computer, as this will be pre-installed.
For the typical business environment, Windows 8 Pro is likely to be the best option. These PCs are also likely to be equipped with Microsoft Office, which will give you all the most popular tools for creating text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases.
OS X Mountain Lion, which is pre-loaded to Apple Macs, might be preferred among creatives. You can then explore the Mac App Store to download the programmes your small business requires.
You always need to invest in a top-of-the-range security system when it comes to a business computer, as this will help reduce the risk of viruses and protect important files and information. All business computers should be password protected too.
This article was provided on behalf of One It Support, a company offering IT advice and support to businesses and homes in and around Newcastle. Compensation was received for this post.