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Here's all the home-office technology you need--for less than $2,000.

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

You've found a spare room in your house. It may be the basement or an extra bedroom. Now, you're ready to transform it into the home base for your new business. The first step to building a home office is finding a space that is separate from your daily life. Add a good desk and a comfortable chair, and you have the foundation to add the next step: technology. First, we'll give a general overview of the components and then get down to a specific setup. Since you probably already have a cell phone, we're going to skip that.

Getting Started

Your computer will be the basis of your entire technology setup. Your choices boil down to two main options: desktop or laptop. Or if your budget and needs allow, you might consider investing in both. Let's start with the desktop. You'll be digging through a mire of megabytes, hard-drive sizes, processor speeds and extras, but it's worth the effort-and you won't have to spend a fortune.

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