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So if you’re planning on starting up a small business, or you’re expanding one you’ve already been developing, then you’ve no doubt had some passing thoughts about your technological needs, especially when it comes to the sorts of computers you’re going to be using. After all, how can a small business function without an office full of computers?
Here are some of the things you should keep in mind when deciding how to supply your office with computers.
Laptops vs desktops (vs tablets)
Let’s get this out there right away: if you’re thinking of giving people tablets instead of desktops or laptops, then scrap that idea right now. The real question is “laptop or desktop?”. Of course, you’ll need to take your business’s need for portability into consideration. If you expect people to need some form of computer while they’re moving form room to room, or even for telecommuting purposes, then laptops are a must. Does this mean you should skimp out on desktops, though? Probably not; they tend to be much faster and reliable. And if you’re working in video or design at all, then quality desktops are a must.
PC vs Mac
A lot people argue that the Mac is better suited to creative purposes, which is akin to saying the right side of the brain is better for creativity (which is to say that this is nothing but a myth). A Mac can make streamlining collaboration much easier, and the hardware is very fast. However, you may not feel that the exorbitant costs are justified when you can do much more for much less with a PC. Whichever one you go with, it’s definitely advisable that you use the same operating system throughout the office. Otherwise, you’re just going to run into a bunch of trouble when it comes to collaboration.
Installation and maintenance
Another thing you need to consider is the time and expense involved in actually get all those computers installed in your office and developing a sturdy IT infrastructure. There’s also the cybersecurity needs of your business to consider. Over time, you need maintenance plans that keep the computers running as efficiently as possible. Don’t be tempted to skip the need for occasional clear-outs and upgrades; in the long run, it will increase the return on investment you’ll get from these machines. If you need any assistance, look into computer support.
Don’t be cheap!
Sure, it’s tempting to look into those $200-400 computers that will end up saving you a lot of money when it comes to buying several at once. Heck, you may even be tempted to look into second-hand computers. The problem here is that you really do get what you pay for when it comes to computers. (Unless it’s a Mac, in which case, you pay about double the actual value of the machine.) If you don’t get serious about investing in these computers now, then you’re going to end up with an office full of inefficient machines that frustrate your employees and hamper productivity. This decision will bite you eventually!
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