You did it. You said goodbye to your 9 to 5 and launched a brand new business. All the pieces are coming together… You’ve got a business plan and a field-tested product that will delight your customers. Your financing is lined up and can’t wait to grow this company. But your office space is a bit bare…You’re still missing the essential office tech your team needs to thrive.

But what do you need to get started? What’s worth investing in and what’s a waste of precious capital? There are a few things that every business needs to operate. You’ll need a way to communicate, a way to process and receive payments and store data, and a way to keep everything secure. Below we’ve put together a starter list for the office technology essentials you need for your new business.

1. Start with the one thing that ties all your tech together

All the technology in the world won’t be worth anything to you without a reliable, secure high-speed internet connection.

A fast connection makes work flow smoothly, whether you’re setting up client video calls through a tool like Zoom and Skype, running customer-facing webinars through Demio or WebinarNinja or just working on a project in your shared cloud server. Your office internet will power everything you do so invest in a powerful modem router and the fastest connection available in your area.

2. Get the right computers

This is a little obvious but…every business needs computers. If your business is largely mobile – if you want your team to freely move from the office to the conference room to your R&R area – laptops, tablets and mobile stands can support freedom while providing enough processing power.

However a laptop won’t always have the power – or the screen size – to support graphically or technically intense work. If that affects you, investing in monitors or a few shared desktop computers can support your team better.

3. Set up printers (and related tech)

Even if you’re setting yourself to be (largely) paperless, you’ll need access to a scanner and a printer.

For smaller businesses an all-in-one printer, scanner and copier machine may be the perfect solution. Marketing agencies may need powerful printers to create mock-ups that impress clients. Legal offices may need hard-wearing printers with good wi-fi capabilities for getting those long contracts printed out. If your needs are changing, consider leasing higher-end printing technology or test out a managed print service.

4. Protect your office

Client data is your most valuable asset and the biggest threat to your business should it be compromised. It’s the stuff news headlines and bankruptcy proceedings are made of so make sure you’re investing in secure storage and lockup physical data.

Investing in physical security like on-premise cameras or a digitally monitored alarm system can protect both your data and your assets – especially if you plan on storing sensitive information on your work computers. Digital displays can also be used to protect your office by acting as visitor management and check-in systems without needing someone at the front desk.

5. Protect your passwords

Data is currency. Data breaches are one of the biggest threats to a business of any size. Using password management services like LastPass or 1Password make it easier to use more secure passwords without having to remember them. They also make it easy (and safe) to share login information without sending it through Slack or email.

6. Invest in a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool

A Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool makes it easier to provide first-class customer service. The best tool for your needs would depend on company size, your industry and your preference.

A tool like HubSpot offers a free basic CRM that integrates with multiple marketing and sales tools perfect for young companies looking for a low-cost option that can grow with them. For sales professionals, Salesforce or Pipedrive provide useful functionality at different price points. Most SaaS CRMs offer a free trial so – before committing – go through the onboarding process, test the interface, speak to the team behind the tool and decide which one suits your needs best.

7. Invest in smart communication tools

Overchecking inboxes and handling spam is the second biggest time sink for small businesses according to Mckinsey. It accounts for up to 25% of the workday for managerial and skilled employees.

You can’t cut out the inbox completely, but you can make it more efficient. For sales-focused teams, a tool like Mixmax can help you track leads, schedule sequences and send emails when they’re most likely to get opened making it easier for your team to batch inbox time into manageable calendar slots.

For internal communication, a tool like Slack can make it easier for your team to talk to each other without getting stuck in the inbox. Plus, the multitude of integrations make collaboration easier.

8. Invest in good cloud storage

You’ll need somewhere secure to store all your digital data as well and back up your hard drives. Somewhere that can be accessed both from within your premises and remotely by trusted contractors or employees working from home. The best solution would depend on how much data you need but you can look into services like Backblaze, Google Drive and Box.