When you’re just getting started with your new business, the amount of technology options can be overwhelming. Here is a roadmap to the basic, essential technologies that you need to get yourself up and running.

The first step in collecting your basics is your hardware. Hardware consists of any computers (desktop, laptops, or tablets), as well as your printers, phones, and wireless devices. Knowing the number of computer, phones, and other hardware that will be installed in your business will help you determine the rest of the steps.

The second step is acquiring your software. Software includes your word processing programs or any other applications or programs that you will be running. Make sure that you get the software that is appropriate for your industry.

The third step is to set up your server. A server is your central database (often a computer) that shares all of your files, data, and applications with your employees. Your server will allow you to control who has access to different files as well as enable you to access any piece of information from any attached device. It also will allow you to hook all of your computers to the same printer.

The fourth step is to get your networking devices. Your networking devices are any of your routers, switches, or hubs that enable you to connect your different workstations as well as to set up your security systems (such as firewalls).

The fifth step is to install any industry specific products. Database programs, sale systems, imaging systems – there are many different technologies that are designed to help specific industries run more efficiently. Make sure you know what is available for you.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to contact a computer or technology expert. They can help you navigate the technology sector and make sure that you have the right systems for your business.