This business strategy outlines the hardware, software, and financial requirements of starting Techzone Graphics Design Company. The company will be mainly concerned with card designs, utensils designing, textile designing, logo designing, business cards, brochures, and school cards designing. Techzone Graphics Design Company will have a total of ten staff members including five office staff and five field and sales agents. The office staff will be responsible for designing and crafting the cards and customer requests while the filed agents will be responsible for looking for customers and delivery of finished products to the customers. This arrangement of the employees will help in efficient delivery of customer requests on timely basis and easy management of orders and customer requests.
For the startup of the business, Techzone Graphics Design Company will require a number of hardware and software which will help in accomplishment of the daily tasks and company activities. The hardware tools required for a startup include four desktop computers, four color printers, a sketchpad, a good quality camera, and four mobile phones. In addition to this, the company will require one general purpose software to be used in graphic designing and one security software for use as the antivirus. For the graphic design software, CorelDraw and adobe Photoshop were selected as possibilities while the antivirus programs selected include Kaspersky and Avast. The business venture requires a total of £7000 capital and ten employees. The company will need to borrow the £7000 starting capital from a bank and repay in five years.
Hardware findings and analysis
The company will require a number of hardware tools which will help in the daily running of company activities and accomplishment of office tasks. The company will require four desktop computers, four color printers, a sketchpad, a good quality camera, and four mobile phones. The desktop computers will need to have an i74770K processor, and Asrock Z87 extreme 4 motherboard, Zotac GTX 670 2GB 256 bit DDR5 VGA, Apotop 16 GB DDR3 PC 12800 ram, Western Digital AV GP 1TB hard disk and Corsair VS550 power (Ross, Weill & Robertson 2006). The desktops will also need to be from Hp Company and have windows 8 operating system. Each of the desktops will be going for £900.00. Acquisition of desktops with these specifications will help in the efficient running of the daily business activities (Lee 2011).
In addition to this, the company will require up to four sketchpads which will help in sketching of the different designs required by the customers (Antonakos & Mansfield 2009). This will help in reducing errors during the final designing and will also help in crafting quality designs. Apart from that, the company will require four Epson WorkForce WF-7010 Inkjet Printers. The printers will be using 4-color (CMYK) drop-on-demand Micro Piezo inkjet technology and will have a maximum resolution of 5760*1440 optimized dpi. The printers will also have an ISO print speed of 8.0 ISO ppm for color printing and 15 ISO ppm for black printing. Each of the printers will be going for £450.00. Acquisition of these printers will help in the quick and efficient printing of graphics designed for the different customer requirements (Antonakos & Mansfield 2009).
The company will also need the Canon EOS 1100D camera which will help in the capturing of images for showing samples of customer requirements. In addition to this the company requires four mobile phones for the filed agents. They will aid in communication and transfer of information from the customer to the office agents. The cost of the camera will be £220 while the cost of each of the mobile phones will be £210.
Software findings and analysis
Apart from the hardware, the company will require a number of software products that will help in the daily running of office and remote company activities. The company will need both general purpose software and security software to ensure that there is efficient running of company activities and programs. The company will be required to choose between two versions of the software packages for their work. The first of the designing software is CorelDraw. CorelDraw has multiple on-screen color palettes, choice of internal RGB space, ability to publish to pdf files, advanced image controls, advanced printing features, encapsulated postscript export, desktop publishing and typography features, advanced bitmap features, compatibility and integration features, creation tools, precision features and user interface features (Patterson, Hennessy & Alexander 2009). All these features help in easy and efficient management of images and designs. The software is manufactured by Corel Company and is sold at £499.00. The software is able to run in windows 7 operating system and above and needs a computer with at least 2 GB ram and 500 GB internal hard disk (Spraul & Masse 2005).
On the other hand, the Photoshop software has the photo merge feature, advanced file browser feature, customized desktop shortcuts, advanced filter gallery feature, history tracking feature, text on a path or in a shape feature, live histogram palette feature, advanced scrubber controls, new ways of sharing photos, and customized package layouts (Patterson, Hennessy & Alexander 2009). This software is made by Adobe Systems Company and is sold at £119.99 per year. The software can operate in any computer with windows 7 operating system and above and requires at least 2 GB ram and 500 GB internal hard disk (Spraul & Masse 2005).
In addition to the above, the two selected security software are Kaspersky and Avast. Kaspersky has the anti-rootkit, antiphishing, anti-spyware, malware protection, Trojan protection, vulnerability protection, rescue Mode, real time protection, and automatic updates features (Gershon 2009). The product is produced by Kaspersky labs for £39.95 per year and requires at least windows XP service pack 2 operating system and above for operation. It also requires at least 2GB ram and 500 GB internal had disk for operation. On the other hand, Avast software has home network security, antivirus, antimalware, browser cleanup, smart scan, advanced stream filter, faster start after reboot, and file system shield. Avast software is produced by Avast Corporation and goes for £34.99 per year. The software works well in windows XP service pack 2 and above operating systems and requires at least 2GB ram and 500 GB internal hard disk (Jacobs 2004).
In conclusion, it is evident that starting a graphics design company requires a number of software and hard ware tools. The hardware tools required for a startup include four desktop computers, four color printers, a sketchpad, a good quality camera, and four mobile phones. In addition to this, the company will require one general purpose software to be used in graphic designing and one security software for use as the antivirus. From this exercise, the researcher was able to learn how to retrieve information from different search tools and basic experience in starting a graphics design business. In addition to this, the researcher was able to know more about computer hardware and software. The knowledge gained from this exercise will also help in future research and starting of a small to medium sized business venture (Finch 2013).