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- Computer. I bought a desktop model at Sam’s Club several years ago and it came with no Office programming.
- Printer. I did not have one, so I purchased a Canon Pixma MG6800 from Amazon. It’s the best printer I’ve ever had. I like that it does 2 sided copies without my interference. Also, inks are reasonably priced and I’ve gone through many cartridges of them already.
- I-pad. I already had this but hadn’t learned to use it. When a keyboard cover was added to it, it became much more usable. Both were from Amazon. Necessity got me to learn how to use Skype.
- Labeler. Not a necessity, but it was a gift and I use it for a number of things including labeling all those binders. I have a Brothers P-touch and it’s easy to use. Also from Amazon.
Heavy duty 3 hole punch – from Sam’s Club. This has been a blessing. So easy to use.
- Microsoft Office. I had used Lotus Suite in the past, so this was a learning experience for me.
- Paper. Before the site was open, I’d already gone through 3 small boxes. This was purchased from Sam’s Club.
- Notebook binders. I read better from paper than on the computer, so binders became a necessary place to store all the info I was getting. I found the ½” ones, again from Sam’s Club, worked fine.
- Plastic pocket dividers were added to that purchase.
- Planner. Everyone said I’d need one, so I purchased one I liked the cover of from Amazon. This was a waste of money. I am just at the point of needing one now. The one I purchased didn’t have the format I needed. There are many places online where free ‘printables’ are available and those have been more helpful. I finally bought an e-planner designed by a blogger, Sarah Titus and this is very useful.
- Smartphone and/or
- Camera and assorted equipment to use with to do videos and photos.
- Microphone to do podcasts
- Laptop computer