Articulating your needs for equipment and services has payoff both initially and over time. Of course, your needs may change as your telecommuting job changes, your workload increases, or your office expands. But if you establish the good habit of assessing and documenting your needs, it's easier to adjust as changes occur. This is critical to matching those needs with the providers best suited to meet your criteria.
Aside from the fundamentals of service excellence (quality work, delivered on time, at a competitive price, etc.), telecommuters should consider other criteria that may reflect individual needs and situations:
Proximity to your home office.
Free delivery or courier service.