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Directions:
 Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English  
spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) pages in  
length; refer to the “Assignment Format” page for specific format requirements.
I would like for you to  
write it as a regular paper. Put yourself in Bill’s shoes. You are starting a business at home, any business.  
What technology will you need to work from home or have a business from home? What do you need to  
operate your business? What kind of hardware would you need- computer, etc. What kind of software will
you need? Will you have to do spreadsheets or write documents? What cloud technology/ mobile  
technology will you need? Will you send emails? Will you have a backup in the cloud? What kind of  
training do you need? Do you need to know how to use accounting software, use Excel, or even the  
Operating System? What type of operating system will you use- Windows, Linux, etc? Will you need  
security on the computer to keep from getting viruses? How much will those things cost individually and  
then give a total cost. Think about what you have at home now that you are using that allows you to work  
from home or go to school from home. Apply that to this assignment. Most importantly, provide the name
of the items and justify it. If it is a computer, what kind, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, give some details about it  
and don’t forget to include the price. If you look up the items online you should see the description and  
cost to it as well. Everyone’s answers are different. This is your opinion on the items you choose. Just  
make sure you are detailed, justified and cover all the components. I hope this helps. Also watch the video
if you have not already. The reading material and instructor notes also provide some of the info.
Business Startup Proposal
Bill, a close friend of your parents, wants to start a business. Your parents refer him to you since you are  
presently working on a technology-related degree. In your first discussion, you discover the following  
facts:

Bill has been a sales representative for a major restaurant supply company for many years.

His current skills are very low tech. He drives from city to city, visiting restaurants. He either  
provides his customers with supplies or visits new restaurants to try and convince them to  
purchase supplies from him exclusively. He phones his orders in to the manufacturer, and, other  
than accounting for his expenses while on the road, he does no record keeping.

Other than basic email skills and a vague familiarization with Microsoft Word Bill has little or no  
experience with existing communications technologies or software applications.

Bill’s business plan is to start a new restaurant supply business in his home. He wishes to spend  
more time at home and travel much less than he did in the past. He knows he will sometimes be  
required to travel to negotiate deals or meet with clients, but he would prefer to be able to do all  
this at home whenever possible.
Bill has already implemented the following actions:

He has found an accountant who has agreed to help him set up his accounting system. (Do not  
consider any accounting software for this assignment. The accountant will provide that.)

He has contacted six different restaurant supply companies and negotiated a fee and commission  
arrangement that will allow him to represent them and sell their products.

He has found a local training and certification company that has classes in all the major software  
packages (Apple OS, Windows 7/8, Word, Excel, etc.) that will allow Bill to start classes  
immediately.

Although Bill has minimal technical skills, he does know what he wants. As the discussion proceeds, the  
following items are added to the plan:

Budget:
Bill has funds for the startup, but the budget has some limits. He doesn’t want the  
fastest, biggest, or best, but he will spend what it takes to have equipment that will suit his needs.

Security:
Bill has heard horror stories about computer information being hacked, and he wants  
your assurance that his business information will be secure, if he follows your suggestions.

Hardware:
Bill knows of no special requirements for hardware, but he does know he will need to
store somewhere between 2 and 3 terabytes of catalog information from the companies with  
whom he will be working. He needs to be able to access this info at all times from any location.  
He has no knowledge or preferences about hardware and says he will go with what you  
recommend.

Operating System and Software:
Bill feels comfortable with the Windows environment, and  
prefers not to learn another operating system.

The Cloud, Wi-Fi, Mobile Computing
: Bill has no idea how these technologies tie in to his  
business, but he does know he needs to be able to do the following from his home office, from his
car, or from any remote location: check his email and compose/send emails at any time, place a  
supplies order via the Internet to any of his suppliers, be able to answer phone calls, and be able  
to set up video conferencing phone calls.
The Proposal:
Prepare and submit a proposal to Bill that gives your suggested solution to his business plan. Provide Bill  
with the details of what he needs to purchase in order to have what he needs to conduct his business using
today’s technology. Make sure you include the following items in your report:
1.
Hardware:
What items of hardware (computer, laptop, tablet device, telephone, etc.) should Bill  
purchase? For items like a computer, include minimum specifications for all major internal  
components. Justify the need for any major hardware items recommended.
2.
Operating System:
With the recommended hardware, what operating system choices are  
available and which would be best? Why?
3.
Other Technologies
: Include the details on any peripheral devices and technologies that you  
propose (“The Cloud,” mobile computing devices, Bluetooth, wireless networking, etc.) and  
explain how they fit into the business plan.
4.
Software and Training:
List the security and software applications that should be purchased.  
Include the training courses that Bill should attend to gain basic skills in the software packages  
you recommend.
5.
Cost:
Provide Bill with an estimated cost for him to implement all of your suggestions.
Your proposal will be evaluated using the rubric below. Make sure you read the rubric and have a clear  
idea of what is expected. If there are any additional questions that you would have asked Bill, be sure to  
note them as you explain to Bill what networking options he has so that you can explain what additional  
information could change your suggestion, if any.

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