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Computers & Laptops
The best way to manage your online business is to invest in either a laptop or desktop computer. The choice between a laptop or a desktop depends largely on how you choose to run your business. If you usually work in an office or single location, a desktop could be your best option. These are cost-effective and usually, have more hardware options like larger screens and more ports for peripherals. If, on the other hand, you travel extensively or frequently, the portability of a laptop makes it an ideal choice.
Computer & Laptop Accessories
If you’re only using the touch-pad on your laptop you might want to invest in a new mouse. They make it so much easier to right-click, drag-and-drop, and navigate your screen. There are wireless versions available where you plug-in the micro USB and automatically sync it to your computer or a wired option for those who prefer it not come in two parts. If you’re lacking memory/storage for your files, we suggest looking into a USB flash drive or external hard drive.
Video & Audio Accessories
Most laptops will have a video camera so you can make video calls. If you don’t have one or need something with HD, these are the ones we use at EntreTEK. The Logitech C270 webcam has 720p resolution while the HD Pro has a much clearer resolution at 1080p. Both have built-in microphones. If you are needing audio-only, the Plantronics Voyager Legend is also a favorite. It has Bluetooth, so it can be synced to your cell-phone for hands-free working or to your computer if it, too, has Bluetooth capabilities. If you’re needing just a standard mic, the USB plug & play is a great option. It is also perfect if you plan on creating video content for your business or joining a video call as a couple or small group.
If you are going to do a lot of your own photography and videos you might want to invest in some of these items. A portable lightbox is perfect for taking photos of your inventory. These are very affordable and will come in kits with various box-size options, colored backgrounds, and lighting. For those of you making tutorials or videos featuring yourself, a ring-light will enhance your video quality. If the sound is an issue, the foam egg crates are perfect for enhancing sound quality and absorbing noise and echoes.
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Print. Fax. Scan.
We’re fans of the all-in-one printers that come with fax and scan capabilities, so here is a couple that we would recommend. You can print invoices, shipping labels, and fax your partners. If you pick-pack-and-ship your own items you might want to also consider getting a professional label printer. In our search, we also came across a portable printer that can print wirelessly on any surface (paper, wood, fabric, and more). This is great for printing bar codes, text, and images on the fly.
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