Time isn't something most homebased business owners can afford to waste. Just ask Gilda Krywosa, owner of Gilda's Accounting & Tax Services in Boonville, New York. Like most homebased business owners, handling all the administrative, marketing and advertising duties, as well as servicing her clients, leaves Krywosa little time for much else. That's why the excruciating delay she experienced when printing or tabulating tax returns on her computer just wouldn't do, particularly during the tax season.
"I don't like wasting time waiting for things to print or for numbers to total," says Krywosa, who opened her tax and accounting business last January in the corner of a renovated barn on her rural property. "I needed more memory, more speed and a more powerful computer to operate the [tax] programs [needed] to run my business."
Whether you're like Krywosa and aren't satisfied with your computer system's performance, you've hired a second employee who needs a computer, or you've glimpsed the latest hardware and are itching to buy, there comes a time when you outgrow your first PC. That's especially true for homebased business owners who share their multimedia home PCs with the family, usually because they can't justify purchasing a machine just for business. But all it takes is having files accidentally zapped by your 7-year-old or letting work suffer while the kids use the computer to do their homework to realize it's time to purchase another computer.