How to Work from a Houseboat Office, using Computers, Internet, Fax, Email
Setting up your own houseboat office is easy and very popular nowadays. So whether you live aboard, or often like to spend your weekends or the holidays on your boat, you can now work and connect with the outside world using computers, the Internet, and some very simple accessories.
Do you want to setup, or work from your houseboat office? Here are some of the tools and tips to help you get started!
Are you already employed, and need to securely connect to your office? Or are you looking for a new source of income to do from a houseboat? Either way, there's plenty of easy solutions to get you up and running.
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When it comes to the necessary computer hardware or equipment to connect to the outside world from your house boat, you would need:
The Computer Choices Are? Hardware or computer equipment like a desktop computer, portable laptop, notebook, or a small netbook. Each of them have Pros & Cons.
Desktops Computers The big advantage to desktops is that they can easily be upgraded at anytime, and generally have more powerful components installed.
Laptops & Notebooks The big advantage to laptops and notebooks are the portable and freedom aspect. You can use full size keyboards and monitors to mimic a desktop. Do you want an indestructible laptop, here's the worlds toughest laptops.
Small Netbooks The advantage to netbooks are the small size, low-cost, and portability, yet often provide poor performance, limited functionality, expandability.
Extra Hardware In your office you will likely want a printer, fax, scanner, external hard drive, LCD monitor, router, speakers, webcam, and the list just grows :)
Computers need an operating system to run, and they also need program software to complete tasks and projects like emails, graphics, documents, spreadsheets etc...
Some of the most popular computer O/S (operating systems) that are being used are Microsoft Windows OS's like XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc. Another growing OS would be Apple's Mac OS X, and for techies Linux.
You likely want to run programs like the Microsoft Office package which has Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, or on the Mac Apple side of things, programs like iLife or iWork for Mac OS X.
Just in the last decade alone the Internet has grown by leaps and bounds, and so have the different methods for you to connect and exchange with the world's largest network of office computers, servers, and web sites. We've assembled a simple houseboat Internet guide to help you decide.
Secure VPN Connections: A quick overview of what a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection is, try and imagine that you have some VPN software on your computer, and that you basically connect to your work server, however your connection (tunnel) is first routed through a secure server which encrypts your data.
Now that you have your computer hardware, and acquired some program software, you will find that there are some additional accessories, extras, and tools that make life or work from a boat even more enjoyable and productive. Lets look at some of the basic necessities:
Backing up your valuable data, wireless routers, external hard drives, LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, desks, printers, scanners, webcams, USB, UPS, GPS, BlueTooth, Marine NAV, and the list is endless...
Where to shop for some great deals? Since we all work hard for our money, and always enjoy getting a great deal, we tend to shop and buy our stuff at TigerDirect, Newegg, or eBay.
Houseboat Office - some computer accessories useful on house boats.
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When it comes to computers, laptops, or accessory needs, eBay has it all. It's easy to search and find just about anything computer related on eBay. Do you have a specific item in mind? Use the Search Box below to find it