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Tech Checkup Want to see how you compare with other homebased business owners when it comes to tech? We show you how you can keep up with--or stay ahead of--the pack.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Ever get the feeling that you're not alone? When it comes to the technology you use in your business, you're in good company with other home office entrepreneurs. Technology research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) recently released a study and survey called the SOHO Market Overview 2002 that covers, among many topics, technology use. Statistics and percentages give us the big story about what business owners are using. But what we really want to do is bring it all back home.

Some pieces of hardware are right for you and some aren't. For a no nonsense view, we talked to Michael J. Martinez, author of Practical Tech for Your Business (Kiplinger Books). Each section quotes an IDC statistic; we follow up with a breakdown of who needs it and who doesn't, and what to look for when buying.

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