April: Get business-class tools
· Purchase a smartphone that lets you send/receive e-mail, take pictures, surf the web, and back up data to a computer. You won’t always be at a desk, but customers will assume you are usually available.
· Buy an accounting package. I recommend QuickBooks. You can run your business on this. Spend time learning it, or, if you’re too busy or uncomfortable, hire someone to do this for you.
· Get a business-class computer. The primary factor here is price. The business-class computers I resell cost $900 and last 5+ years. You should expect this from a tool that you will use to run your business. I’m not talking about a $300 big-box netbook special here. I’m talking about a business-class computer that you will use exclusively for the business. Buy a $300 special for the kids. That will help keep them away from your business-class tool.
· Use an offsite backup mechanism. I discuss offsite backups and the cloud at length in this book. Review both strategies and decide which one you will embrace. Remember, something is better than nothing.
From Escape the Cubicle