Three new customers call your business and hang up after getting busy signals. A proposal is late getting back from the printer because you didn't invest in a high-quality laser printer. A client sends you a computer file, but you can't open it because you have an ancient version of the program.
Sound too familiar? Cutting corners on office equipment is one of the most common mistakes homebased business owners make, says Alice Bredin, author of the nationally syndicated newspaper column "Working At Home." If you want to play in the big leagues, invest in the same high-quality office equipment you'd expect to find in small businesses based outside the home. A sampling: