Although taking work home is nothing new, working from home is growing increasingly popular. Unfortunately, many companies do not provide computers to their work from home or telecommuting employees, even though you must have a computer that is compatible with your work situation. There are some things that you can do to make sure that you get the perfect computer for your needs.

Write Down Your Needs

Make a list of everything you will need your computer to do. You can include both work and personal activities on this list, but it is not recommended that you participate in personal online activities on your work computer. Some personal activities can expose your work information to theft. 

Choose an Operating System

Before choosing an operating system, you will need to verify which one your company prefers. Most companies prefer the latest version of Windows, but some allow Macs and other operating systems. Even if you prefer a Mac to a Windows computer, if you do not have the right operating system, you might not be able to work. Not many companies will allow Chrome or Andriod operating systems.

Choose the Type

Today you can choose from laptops, desktops, tablets and all in ones. You need to find the type of computer that best suits your needs and the needs of your employer or client. Laptops, desktops and all in ones are generally interchangeable, but tablets are a whole other type. The operating system and programs available differ drastically from more traditional forms of computers. Talk to your employer before deciding to use a tablet for work.

Although some makes and models have a better reputation than others, no particular model is perfect for everyone. Be sure to read up on each brand you are considering select the one you are comfortable with purchasing. Remember, the computer is an investment in your business.