Equipment Needed To Run A Secretarial Business

Equipment Needed to Run a Secretarial Business

by Leva Duell

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To start a secretarial business, you will need a computer, printer, and major word processing program.

You don’t need a high-end computer for word processing. However, if you want to provide graphic design or web design, then you’ll need a powerful system.

Most computers come with a word processing program. I recommend using Microsoft Word because most of your clients will use it.

Many secretarial services start out with an inkjet printer because they are less expensive than laser printers. I recommend using a laser printer because it provides better quality printouts and faster speed. A laser printer is a must is you provide graphic design or resumes writing services or resume typing services.

At first, you can use your computer to send and receive faxes. However, you will only be able to send faxes of documents you have in your computer. Later, you may need a fax machine if your clients want to fax you work.

If you want to provide transcription services, you will need a transcription machine. Transcribers have a headset and foot pedal. You are using the foot pedal to stop and rewind the cassette and have your hands available for typing. Until you have a transcription client, you won’t know which size cassettes you’ll get. Talk to your prospective clients before buying any equipment. Or call secretarial services in your area and ask what size cassettes they are getting.

Transcription machines are available from Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Lanier, Sanyo, and Dictaphone. Check local office supply stores such as Office Depot (, OfficeMax, and Staples (

You can buy new and used transcription machines, computers, and other equipment at a fraction of the cost at

You can start your secretarial business with just a computer and printer. You can buy additional equipment or software when a project requires it.

The Secretarial Business-in-a-Box provides everything you need to start and run a successful home-based secretarial business and cash in on the high demand for secretarial services. Visit

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