Any business, no matter what product or service they offer, relies on both, networking as well as information technology to get through the day-to-day realities of running a business. However, purchasing the necessary computer technology, especially if some of it has to go outside of the office, can really wreck a budget and ramp up overhead costs. And in today’s economy, saving money is no longer an option, it is a necessity.There is a very easy solution to this issue and that is leasing. Most business owners are familiar with leasing company solutions when it comes to major machinery, such as construction equipment but did you know that you could also lease everything you need to efficiently do both, networking as well as information technology setups? To best see the benefits of leasing what you need, it might be best to examine the effects of purchasing or leasing has on your bottom line.Purchasing Networking and Information Technology EquipmentIf you were to outfit your entire office with laptops, desktops, printers, or other equipment so that they could do business inside and outside of the office, if necessary, do you have an idea of how much it would cost you? Let us take a look at the average sales office, which consists of one manager, one secretary, and four salespeople.In the office, the secretary needs a complete desktop setup: monitor, keyboard, printer, which will run about $1200 for the basics in file storage and media creation. Add to that, laptops for each of the salespeople, between $700 and $800 for the most durable and adaptable. That adds up to another $2800 to $3600, up front. So far, it is looking like you, the manager, are going to have to make do with your old laptop or you will have to add on another $600 for a basic model. Your total overhead costs is a whopping estimated $5000, paid in advance, not including networking costs or insurance premiums on the equipment.What A Difference A Lease Can MakeThe real difference to your bottom line does not always lie in the costs of the equipment. When you purchase equipment for your business, when it comes to tax time, as well as quarterly valuations, you have to depreciate everything, even the computer equipment. In addition, to keep on top of the competition, your computer equipment must also stay on top of the available technology so that it can compete. All this means, paying out even more money for new equipment, even though the old may only be “old” by a few months.If you lease the equipment instead, you pay only a monthly payment based on the fair market value of the equipment you are leasing, plus interest. Most leases will run for an average of 24 months, with an option to buy the equipment at the end. Some firms will even offer upgrades on equipment for a small fee, and renewing the lease at that current market value. For many businesses, this can mean reducing the overhead costs for such necessary items by as much as 50% over purchasing them outright, or more. Add networking through a service provider, and your business can go on the road as well, for less.