As an employee, I cannot stress the importance of #4 enough. Recently, I was working on a project – my laptop was about 6 years old. It kept crashing every time I tried to do the most basic thing in PowerPoint. I wanted to throw it out the window. In order to complete the project on time, I brought in my personal computer. Needless to say, I complained loudly and got new equipment, but it should have NEVER gotten to that point! Penny wise and pound foolish!