- Consider a commuting policy We have better technology and faster internet; why not work out side of the office some? Clearly, not every job can be done away from the office but there are a lot of computer tasks in your business that could be done from home. Think about even working 1-2 days at home and the remainder in the office. This can be a huge boost to your productivity. Remote employees can be more efficient without the distractions, they have fewer absences, and stay in the job longer. From the employee perspective, they don’t need to waste time commuting, they get their work done faster, and generally feel happier and healthier.
- Don’t cheap out on technology Does it surprise you that a techie is advising you to invest in tech? Hear me out! Technology is rapidly becoming the backbone of most businesses, yet we still see people who try and get by with the bare minimum investment and maintenance. Our most frequent repair and data recovery clients are the ones that try to squeak by on technology. When you take shortcuts you’ll always get higher failure rates, more downtime, and employees who can’t do their job even though you’re still paying them by the hour. When businesses keep old tech longer than they should, thinking of the immediate cost saving, they usually end up paying more in the long run.
- Embrace the cloud Many of your existing software packages have a cloud version, which would allow multiple people to access it at once and give added backup or synchronization benefits. Your remote workers and accountant or CFO can all view the same reports easily. You and your employees can think of ideas while out and about, make a few notes on a mobile device, and have it all synced perfectly to your desktop when you need it.
Small business ownership is tough! You wear so many hats. You juggle clients, employees, vendors, marketing, and the list goes on and on. You are maneuvering in a competitive high tech economy that speeds ahead with or without you. You want to get ahead of your competition, cut costs, boost productivity and take a vacation! Here are 3 tech tips that might make your life easier:
David is the managing member and main technology expert at Layer 2 Computers. Read More