We are living in an age where you really need to have computers, to run a business successfully. Therefore, while setting up a trading company, you will need to give some thought to the question of how to acquire computers. This is not one of those things that you can deal with as the company grows. On the contrary, you need to have computers right from the outset. For instance, you need to set up an accounting system right from the outset. That requires a computer equipped with the relevant accounting software program. It is also a good idea to have an inventory management system right from the outset. This, in turn, requires a computer with an inventory management program.
The number of computers you will need at the outset will depend on the size of the trading company you are setting up. If it is a very modest enterprise, then you can start out with a single computer, and then acquire others as the company grows. With time, if the company grows well, you may eventually get to a point where you would have computers for all your employees. That is what we see with bigger enterprises – some of which are even able to set up web-based payroll systems for their employees. Take, for instance, Darden restaurants: and you realize that they have the web-based krowd darden paycheck system, accessible to (and used by) all their employees. This is why you find even the lowest cadre staff at Darden trying to figure out how to login to krowd portal: because they are all expected to use the web-based HR system.
Therefore, if the trading company you are setting up prospers, you can be assured that you will eventually get to a point where you will definitely need more computers. But, as noted above, if you are starting out very small, then a single computer may suffice at the outset.
The actual process of acquiring computers has several steps, where you need to:
- Identify the computer (hardware and software) specifications you need.
- Make a decision on whether you will be opting for brand new or used computers.
- Get price quotations from various computer vendors (both local and online vendors), so as to make a decision on where/from whom you are to buy the machines.
- Make an order for the computers — and receive the machines on delivery.
- Install the relevant software as per your trading company’s needs.
Thereafter, you can start using the computers in day to day business operations, to enhance efficiency.