It’s nearly impossible to start a small business without utilizing technology. Unfortunately, many small business owners don’t have a ton of money to spend on extras. Luckily, there are plenty of low-cost technology options for business owners. Technology can make a real difference in a business. The main benefits of using new technology are that it can make a business owner more productive, which in turn makes the business more profitable.
Online Business Training
Most small business owners don’t want to simply start their business and then stop expanding. They want to start their business, learn, grown and evolve. Online business training can help owners accomplish their goal of always improving. With knowledge, business owners can continually expand their business. There are plenty of free, online business training opportunities for small business owners. The best part is that training can be self-paced, so you don’t have to forgo other duties in order to attend a training session.
Do you want some piece of software, but it’s just way too pricey for your budget? Most of the time, you can find a similar alternative to the original software for free. This is called open-source software and it’s free to download and use. Open Office is one of the best open-source software packages. You can create spreadsheets, presentations and graphics, build a database and save files to Microsoft Word format, all for free. Just make sure to read user reviews first.
There are plenty of free or low-cost technology options out there to help you with time tracking. Some business owners need to track their time because they bill clients on an hourly basis. Other entrepreneurs simply want to see how they’re using their time to hopefully become even more efficient. There are all sorts of time tracking technologies available, from desktop applications, bookkeeping software and online tools.
Depending on what type of business you run, you may not need a full-on bookkeeping service to manage the details of your company. Sometimes, basic invoicing services are all you need to keep track of things. There are tons of online payment options for when you need to request payment and get paid. PayPal, for example, is free to use for basic users and works just fine for many small startups.
Remote Desktop Applications
Many small business owners are on the move. If you only have info updated on your computer, what will you do when you have to hit the road but still need access to your files, address book and calendar? Some electronics will automatically sync. For example, your Apple computer, iPhone and iPad will all sync so that the information is the same from one device to the next. If you don’t have Apple products, you can use desktop applications like GoToMyPC or LogMeIn to connect you with everything, even if you’re not sitting behind your own desk.
Written by Beth Gadd
Beth runs a small business in IT related field. She operates at home while also has her virtual offices set up recently. She believes having an executive office in central business area for meeting clients definitely helps to build the creditability of her business.