Recommended Hardware and Software Specifications
You could actually use any kind of computer device to start your home business; however, to avoid encountering difficulties ahead it is recommended that you purchase latest models with updated software drivers. The problem with old computers is that they don't always sync with new drivers, which will send you to a wild goose chase across cyberspace for those system drivers. Netbooks, laptops and tablets for instance can easily connect to any cloud service because they have the Windos 8 OS (operating system); whereas if you used old computers with Windows XP OS versions you won't be able to connect with cloud so easily. I would also recommend that you use Windows or Mac OS as other open source operating systems also have problems getting files synced.
Computer Security Issues
Now that you've setup your computer hardware and OS type it is time to consider computer protection and internet security. I know that you will immediately think about a standalone anti-virus software but that's not what I had in mind, because when you're dealing with sensitive information and electronic cash transfers you'll need something more state-of-the-art. That's why I will not recommend anything less than a cloud based security system. You may have noticed that I said it's a system and not a standalone software, because cloud is a computing system – that's where the source is. Basically you will have hundreds of databases from various parts of the world updating, warning and filtering viruses, bugs, worms and malwares from your computer when you use cloud security. It's cheap and has the best defensive capability against hackers; your business is safe with it.
Whether you're a freelancer or a webmaster/entrepreneur who enjoys his/her work from home you can't be too careful in establishing a portal on the internet. People are reporting huge earnings through their online job or business and have even remitted large amounts in tax revenues. Sites like oDesk, People Per Hour, Hatchwise and many others foster freelancers and entrepreneurs alike, thus creating a lot of online job opportunities. These are places where they can trade skills for money and in return business owners will use their products or service to make profits. Truly the remote desktop is now the new office and business is now established in binary codes as oppose to old ideas where they are limited by geographical location.