Must have technologies for every business
We live in an age of technology. It’s moving at a rate that can sometimes feel impossible to keep up with, especially when you’re running a business. There’s always something new to be bought – whether that’s a piece of hardware or the newest software launch. So we thought we’d put together a list of technology must-haves for your business this year.
There’s been a huge shift in the way businesses operate over the last few years, with businesses breaking away from the traditional 9-5 desk jobs to a more flexible working arrangements. Employees are looking for more flexibility. Employers are beginning to understand that a person doesn’t have to be sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day to work in the most efficient and productive way. Even small business owners or entrepreneurs want a more flexible work-life balance. So, cloud computing is a must. Gmail, Dropbox, and Microsoft Office 365 are examples of this. They can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, from any device. Meaning that you could have a team based all over Australia – the world even – and your business could still run efficiently.
No matter the size of your business, the importance of this doesn’t change. In fact, with big corporations investing so much into creating un-breachable databases, hackers have turned their attentions to smaller enterprises; so, some may argue that this would be more important for smaller businesses.
Luckily most cloud-based solutions such as Microsoft, Gmail etc. come with built in and comprehensive security. However, it’s important that you take control, stay informed, educate those that work for you, and stay protected.
As you set yourself up with a system that enables you and your workforce to work from anywhere, you’ll need the hardware to allow it. The laptop you choose should do everything a desktop computer does so that the transition from office (if you have one) to work from home is seamless.
A good quality printer, photocopier, and scanner
Whatever business you work in, chances are there’ll be paperwork involved. That’s why it’s important to invest in a good quality copy and printing solution.
If you have a team and they’re set up to work remotely, collaboration software is a great tool to help bring the team together in the virtual world. Platforms such as Gmail and Microsoft Teams provide systems that enable team members to chat, share documents, and collaborate in real-time.
Specialised software can help you take care of the day-to-day admin, letting you take care of the business. Things such as accounting, bookkeeping, customer relationship management (CRM), or even social media monitoring can take up a lot of time in their own right. Installing software that can help with the management of them will help to free up yours and your teams’ time so you can run the businesses efficiently and keep it moving forward.