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A Movable Feast

We've set up an impressive spread of budget-friendly gadgets to get your mobile office on the road.

This story appears in the February 2005 issue of Start Up.

There's no need to be glued to your desk anymore. If you anticipate a lot of travel in the course of your new business, then build your technology from the ground up with mobility in mind. We're going to look at how you can equip your mobile office for less than $3,000. More than just looking at potential products, we have tips from an IT pro to narrow down your shopping list. We'll look at general information for picking your mobile technology, and then we'll get into a shopping list to bring it all in under $3,000.

Business Basics

The components of a basic mobile office are simple: cell phone, laptop and printer. We won't go too deep into cell phones, because chances are, you already have one. If anything, you may need to adjust your calling plan to accommodate increased talk time. Kyle Terrill, IT director with Austin, Texas-based tech consultants CM IT Solutions, recommends checking into a service such as Sprint's Fair & Flexible plan. That sort of plan will adjust to different talk-time levels depending on how many minutes you use each month. That way, you won't suffer from overtime charges. Rollover minutes can also be useful. Check with your service provider to find a plan that fits your business's calling patterns.

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