This is a short spurt for those readers who feel that they have no alternative but to resort to using used or second-hand equipment during the early stages of setting themselves up for new business. The reason for this, of course, has to do with a rather pinched budget. And it is today quite a smart thing not having to run to the bank to process a startup loan. While many banks are opening their doors to this possibility, there is still no guarantee that the startup engineer will be successful in this venture.
If your business is going to be office-bound, you’ll no doubt be thinking along the lines of acquiring a small but adequate inventory of used telecom equipment. You need operating phones to cold canvass new clients and you need convenient communication links to keep in close touch with your new clients. And let’s not forget the need to ensure that your office environment is fully equipped with a computer based central processing unit.
This could be anything from one desktop computer to several along with at least one device that can do fax, printing and scanning work seamlessly. The equipment may be used, but you’ll still need to make sure that they’re going to be working well for you. What a waste of startup capital to find that you’re saddled with duds. Avoid the pawn shops and second-hand dealers and go straight to the specialists.
They’ll understand your financial circumstances, coming from the same background as you. They’ll help you install your new equipment. Just make sure that they’re going to be in for the long haul, bearing in mind that used equipment has a tendency to need regular repairs. And make sure that your source supplier has placed a guarantee on his work.