Home computers are allowing people to have jobs at home that didn’t exist all that long ago. If you are considering upgrading your home computer or buying one to take advantage of these new opportunities, you can be overwhelmed by the choices now available.
Buying a computer is perhaps one of the most important purchases when you work from home because it is your job. That’s why having a reliable computer is so vital, because without it, you’re out for the count.
Here are some things to look for when buying your computer:
What features do you need? If you’re buying a PC, you should probably get a computer with at least 1 GB (gigabyte) of memory. That amount will safely allow you to use any Vista application. Unless your work requires graphic design, you can opt for a basic computer that has less graphics abilities, thus saving you money. Do you plan to use your computer for programs other than what you need for work? Many of today’s PC games require a large hard drive, good graphics cards, and are just more fun to play if you have a large, flat-screen monitor—all of which add to the cost of your PC.
Laptop or PC? If you only have enough money in your budget for one or the other, think about how, when, and where you’ll be working most of the time. Laptops tend to be more expensive than PCs, but the convenience of being able to work anywhere is a must for some. It comes down to a personal choice and your budget. Keep in mind that laptops are more expensive and more difficult to upgrade than PCs.
How much do you have to spend? Unless you require a large amount of hard drive or high-end graphics and photo programs, you can buy a PC that will probably fit your needs for a little more than $500. Obviously, the more money you spend, the more capacity and programs the computer comes with.
Is it a good idea to buy a used computer? Probably not. As a consumer, you have absolutely no recourse if something goes wrong. It’s probably not under warranty, you don’t know if something is wrong with it, and it could end up costing you more money in the long run. And there is no guarantee that what you’re buying isn’t stolen. Buying a refurbished computer from a reputable company is a better option and can save you up to $500. Some refurbished computers come with a warranty, which can give you peace of mind.