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Office Supplies

Having the proper office supplies and equipment is important, although often overlooked, to running a smooth business. It's tempting to use what you have laying around the house, and that may be okay in the very beginning, but soon you'll need equipment and supplies seperate from your personal use.

According to tax laws in the U.S., you can deduct some money from your taxes if certain large office equipment or supplies are used for your business.

Check out my recommendations for what you need to run your business.



Computers

You can use either a desktop computer or a laptop computer. Just keep in mind that you may not always be working at your desk, even at home. This makes laptops more appealing.

My top picks are:

MacBook Pro (Price: $1,499+)

MacBook (Price: $999+)

Dell Studio Laptop with Intel® Core™ i5 Processor (Price $900+)


The best places to buy and compare these products are:

Best Buy

Dell.com



Printers and Fax Machines

Having a good printer/fax machine is important when running a business. You never want to look bad in front of a client or be late because you don't have a printer. The printers of today are way better than in previous years, because many of today's printers can also act as a fax machine, copier and scanner.

My Top Picks:

Canon PIXMA MP560 Wireless All-in-One Printer (Price: $150+)


The best places to buy and compare these products are:

Best Buy



Phones

The first thing to decide when thinking about a phone for your business is do you want a land-line phone or a cell phone? I recommend having a cell phone souly for your business, because it's portable, you won't have to deal with people tying up your personal line and it's fairly cheap. Which phones are the best is 100 percent up to you. With so many phone types and plans there is no way to make a fair reccomendation for this one.