Our resident Gadget Girl surveys the basics for a home-based travel office
When you first decided to get into the travel agency business there were many decisions to make. These included whether you wanted to work with a host agency and/or join a consortium, what preferred suppliers you wanted to sell and what niche you would focus on.
But what about setting up your home office and choosing the right tools to run your business efficiently? Besides choosing the furnishings (a good desk and comfy chair), here are some top technology items you should consider for running your home-based office.
Choose the right hardware. Anyone running a home-based business needs to have a computer of some sort, but the brand, operating system, size and type may vary. We all probably have a fax machine, copier, printer and/or scanner, but, with the advancements made in the past several years, many of these features are combined into an “all-in-one” machine.
Having a good printer and copier is very important, but if you don’t already have a scanner, you are missing out. Scanning documents, contracts, forms and photos to your computer and saving them electronically is a great way to get organized and not have to file all that paper. And while most offices don’t send or receive a lot of faxes anymore, it is nice to have the option when needed.