I don’t know what it is about technology, but I’m definitely an addict. There’s something exhilarating about buying a new laptop or desktop and setting it up for the first time. Everything is clean, speedy and it feels like a world of wonderful possibilities awaits me. Kind of like cracking open a new sleeve of golf balls on the first tee.
Sometimes as bloggers, Internet entrepreneurs, money making gurus, etc. we need a little something fresh to motivate and excite us about the oftentimes mundane tasks at hand. This can be especially true for those of us that work alone from home or the local coffee shop. When I came across a 2 page spread in Wired Magazine a few months ago about setting up a cheap office, it got me to thinking about how this could help us bloggers on a number of fronts.
I get asked ALL the time, “What type of system should I buy for my newly launching Internet business?” Let’s face it, there are WAY too many choices out there and it can be a bit daunting trying to narrow down what will fit your needs. Throw in the biggie question of Mac vs. PC and it can be enough to deter you from even starting in the first place. The great news is you could darn near run your entire operation on an Internet cafe machine and never even own a PC.
Below is a setup that would more than work for your needs plus give you portability to take your operation with you to meetings, the coffee shop, conferences, etc.
This isn’t going to instantly transform your life into a perfect trifecta of motivation, success and efficiency, but it can be exciting to invest a little in your business and ultimately yourself through a few new technology purchases. As I mentioned early, there’s something exciting about unboxing new gear and getting it set up for the first time. It makes you want to sit down and knock out tasks that have been bugging you for a long time.
The Messy Blogger
Maybe you just need to clean up your workspace to help you focus and make you more efficient. If clutter is your problem, a new setup may not be the end all, but it can help be the catalyst to motivate you to clean up your act. You may want to pick and choose from what’s below depending on what you already own and the space you have available to you.
I’m all for saving money and being penny wise, but some people just need to bite the bullet and invest in some new business tools. It drives me nuts when people spend the equivalent of a new system trying to fix an old one. I also am a fan of buying a little disaster avoidance “insurance” by keeping newer technology in your hands. That doesn’t mean you have to run out and buy the latest and greatest every couple of months. But consider the lessened risk of using gear that’s not 5 years old. The risk of something going wrong with the hardware lessens the newer your gear is.
So what’s the setup?
Here’s what I would suggest buying if you were trying to do something for under $1000. Even within these categories there are a multitude of options to consider. I’ve given an example of what I’d personally buy in each category.
- HP Mini 110 Netbook – $350
- ViewSonic 20″ Widescreen LCD Monitor – $162
- Canon MX860 Wireless Printer – $160
- Western Digital 500GB Portable Hard Drive – $106
- Logitech Cordless Desktop Keyboard/Mouse – $40
- Optional: Flip MinoHD Camcorder – $182
This would give you a great little office setup for $1000 even if you choose to also get the Flip HD (an invaluable resource for both bloggers and Internet Marketers). You can set this system up pretty much anywhere in your house or home office with enough space to work comfortably all day long. You also gain the great portability of a netbook making trips as close to the coffee shop or as far away as cross country productive and more enjoyable.