The Tool Box
Nine Must-Have Resources for Striking Out On Your Own
Here's one thing you shouldn't be afraid to splurge on: your chair. Invest in the cast-aluminium Stylex SAVA, which is both ergonomic and striking.
A business of one requires music, but don't bother buying a sound system: Airfoil streams iTunes and Pandora tracks from your computer to existing audio outputs throughout your home, turning other PCs, Macs, smartphones, and TVs into speakers.
Throw any document, photo, or file you want into the digital dropbox and access it from your desktop, laptop, or smartphone.
Long hours make a top-of-the-line coffeemaker, like the Saeco Syntia SS espresso machine, a must.
By creating a portable 3G wireless network for up to five devices, this palm-size hub lets you set up your office anywhere.
This iPhone- and Android-compatible attachment and application allows you to swipe customers' credit cards on the go.
Think of it as the Tumblr for online vendors: Sign up and, within a couple of hours, have your merchandise available for sale on customizable, idiot-proof pages.
This members-only card will get you discounts on everything from your flight on Virgin Atlantic to your room at the Ace Hotel.
From Y Combinator, the start-up funding firm behind Reddit and Dropbox, comes this in-the-know news aggregator for entrepreneurs and tech geeks.