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Computer

 

Two Computers
Unless you are a very small one or two person operation, you will need at least two computers. One computer will be used for registration purposes. The other will be used for accounting and other business purposes. Don't try to combine the two uses because it will just cause problems.

Client Database
For registration purposes, you will need a simple database system to keep track of your clients. It doesn't have to be fancy, and any ordinary contact management software should do most or all of what you need. It is also possible to construct a perfectly workable system with ordinary databases, such as Microsoft Access or Foxpro. In fact, if you look around you can probably find a free template system that will do most or all of what you need.

Scanner
You should also have a scanner at the registration desk so recommendations and patient identification can be scanned into the computer. If you have all that information in the computer, attached to the client record, it will make it much easier to quickly approve them on future visits.

Printer
You will need a printer for your computer. Two things are important in your printer. The first is reliability. The second is speed. You don't want your clients or your employees waiting a long time while things get printed. You should get a printer that will print color for printing of your product labels. Printers are cheaper and better than ever so you can get decent printers at very reasonable prices.

Accounting
For accounting, you will need a simple and easy to use accounting program such as The BUDdy System.

Networking
You will want your computers to be networked so that information can be shared and you will still be able to perform basic functions if one computer is down.

Reliability and Backup
Remember that your business depends on your computer. If it is broken, you are out of business. Therefore, build in backup and redundancy. A good choice for backup is an external USB hard drive. You can get drives with adequate capacity to back up your entire business for $100 or less. For many businesses, it will be possible to back up the necessary records on a USB thumb drive that you can slip in your pocket. Whatever choice you make, be sure that you back up your information at the end of every day. Keep multiple copies of the backups in case your primary backup goes bad. Check with your chosen computer expert for methods of making the backup entirely automatic.

With every machine it is not a question of IF it will break, but WHEN. Eventually, some component in every machine will fail. If your computer fails, and leaves you unable to verify clients, then you are out of business. The money you lose in a few hours will far exceed the cost of a spare computer. You would be wise to consider buying a spare computer, networked to the rest and configured the same as the registration computer, so that you will always have a way to continue business, even if your primary system is dead.

 

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