With a small business, it’s important that you utilise technology where possible to improve how efficient and effective you during a working day. Here are some tips to improve your small business with technology.
Let The Professionals Handle It
Outsourcing your IT support is beneficial when you have so much on your plate already as a small business. An IT support firm might be just what you need to improve your technology and the needs of your company and the staff who may currently be having ongoing issues that affect their work. IT support is one of the main tasks that get outsourced in all businesses and even though it’s worth having someone onsite, you may as well have outside assistance too.
Monitoring Staff Productivity
Staff are for the most part productive, but there will be times where this productivity may slip, whether that’s at a certain time on a Friday afternoon or during certain times of the year. It could be influenced by other colleagues or disinterest in the job itself. As a company, it’s a good idea to invest in monitoring software like task management systems where tasks can be delegated, and therefore HOD’s can keep an eye on their department and who are making the effort and who isn’t. You might think that feels like spying, but actually, it’s a way of building communication within teams and using a piece of software to help meet deadlines together, rather than one doing all the work and dragging everyone else with them.
Streamline Your Finances
Having your finances all in one place will be more effective than having several different methods and systems to process payroll, expenses and invoices. Instead, streamlining is something a lot of businesses are now doing to make fewer mistakes when it comes to the money side of a business. Thanks to technology, this is software that is now widely available in a variety of forms including a subscription service or just buying it outright and downloading it onto your computers.
Expand Reach Using Social Media
Your small business has a big potential to reach a global scale online, so it’s certainly worth taking advantage of social media where you can. There are plenty of people that are now online, and that means there’s more reach to be had in terms of your business to potential customers. Create social media platforms and start looking at the ways you can grow your profiles so that they bring your business more success in the future.
Offer Remote Working
Lastly, remote working is a great way of offering flexible working for your staff and having it will improve your business. Invest in some company laptops that certain members of staff can take home or keep at home in the event that they cannot leave their home or have to be out of the office for a few days. You’ll benefit more than you just paying for their time to sit at home and not doing work.
Try these tips for your own business and see how technology can help you in a variety of areas in the company.