Feb 22, 2015

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Choosing The Right Tech For Your Small Biz

In today’s highly competitive environment, which technology to adopt can be a make or break decision for small business owners. Many choose to stick with what they know, losing out on valuable advantages to be gained by technological advances. As their competitors soar ahead, their technology becomes older, more outdated, and eventually obsolete, along with their business. Others choose to jump on the bandwagon too quickly, switching their systems over to unreliable technology that has not been fully tested. They lose time and business as they try to make the flawed systems work for them and all the while see their competitors adopt a similar technology with all the kinks ironed out! It can be maddening trying to make any choice, but there are a few tried-and-true techs that have emerged recently with the potential to give any small business a real boost.

Get Your Head in the Cloud

Perhaps the hottest trend of the last year is moving file systems to the cloud. This electronic filing cabinet allows for easy searching from any device. Documents are available anytime, anywhere without having to rifle through endless paperwork. They can also be made keyword-searchable, so staff can find all relevant documents in minutes rather than hours. This saves business owners time, hassle, and even offers protection against office fires and other damages to important records. It also permits greater flexibility for working at home or on the road, since files are equally accessible from everywhere. There are many other useful applications of the cloud as well, such as scheduling, quote production, customer management, and so much more.

Save on Backend Productivity Tools

            Many businesses turn to expensive HR and accounting software for no other reason than its familiarity. Unfortunately, this software often provides more cost than use and is rapidly becoming outdated. There are many more inexpensive, user-friendly options out there that constantly keep up to date. Put more money toward what matters in your small business by adopting tools like FreshBooks or Intercom to take care of your backend needs for less. Both of these programs, and many more, have been developed by startups for the specific needs of small business owners, and more are being created every day. Do some research to find the best fit for your business.

No Need for Pricey POS

            Every transaction a small business may need to process can now be handled by any tablet or smartphone with just a few clever apps. In this post-cash era, there are an ever increasing number of free and premium apps that make it easy to collect money from clients, customers, and even friends. Square is one such app that lets anyone from your local coffee shop to the lemonade stand down the street accept credit card payments with their free portable credit card reader that plugs into any smartphone or tablet. For retailers who operate both online and in person, apps like Shopify simplify record keeping by syncing both types of sales. There are even apps that allow you to offer financing to customers for big ticket purchases!

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