If you’re a novice, you need to know about your three main sources for buying a computer system:
- Purchase from a local store. One option is to buy your computer at a nearby store, which can hopefully help you through your learning curve. Many local computer stores can assemble a computer to your specifications or business needs—check your local yellow pages.
Large chains such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart often have good prices on computers and software, but may not offer the same customer service as smaller stores.
- Mail order from a reseller. The second option is to buy your computer from a mail-order house, for example, PC/ Mac Connection or CDW, which resells computers manufactured by companies such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard, or Acer, to name just a few.
- Order from manufacturer. Another option is to buy your computer directly from the manufacturer, such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, or Gateway. Most manufacturers have very good support.
Online Business Resources
Once you sign up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and have access to the Web, you’ll be able to find information on virtually any aspect of running a small business—from raising start-up money to minimizing the tax bill for a profitable business, and everything in between.
There are many sites dedicated to small business issues, often with a particular focus such as marketing or management. It’s safe to say that no matter what your area of interest, you’ll be able to find information to suit your needs.