Sure, it takes money to make money, but not so much money anymore when it comes to equipping yourself with the software and hardware necessary to get started in business. What equipment do you absolutely need, and how much should you spend? Those are tough questions.
After all, you don't want to squander your cash on equipment you won't use, but neither do you want stuff that's woefully underpowered.
"If you do your homework, I think you'll find you can outfit your business for less than $3,000 from scratch," says Braj Agarwal, a small-business consultant in Seaford, New York.
Sounds great. Let's spend it.
Eric J. Adams (email@example.com) is a freelance writer who has contributed to a wide range of computer, business and general-interest publications, including PC World, Macworld and The New York Times.