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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Currently in Perth, WA
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| | Re: So What IT do you need when going solo?
It does very much depend on your business requirements.
As a consultant, 90% of my business is mental. I can pretty much work from any computer and carry my entire set of documentation templates around on a USB chip the size of my fingernail. Practically any PC/printer combo will work for me.
Other businesses might need computers for all kinds of things. Are you in retail? Are you tracking stock? Are you in IT services, maybe running domains and websites? If you're in graphic design, will you need good quality screens and a PC with lots of graphics grunt and storage space?
Are you going to need a laptop to take on the road? What about backup systems? Offsite storage? Security aspects?
Do you want/need to host your own website and email server? Will you need an FTP service? Are you going to need a fast internet connection, if you pull a lot of information off the net?
And then there's software. Do you work with client files? Are you going to need compatible applications? Are there industry standards?
Are you going to want/need a web-based ordering system making 24/7 sales for you? How about an in-stock indicator? Should you have an eBay storefront as well?
The answers will be different depending if you're selling art, making custom origami, or booking children's birthday parties. One way to get a handle on requirements is to see what other providers in your or similar industries are using, and modify that to your own particular setup.
Whichever situation applies, it'll generally be business driven for anything above and beyond the stock standard PC-with-internet used for keeping basic records, doing research, and sending/receiving email.