With small businesses, there are a lot of things to consider, especially when first starting out. One area people can make potentially very costly mistakes is in the technology they use and how they implement them. We are going to look over the most common examples and how you can avoid issues with your technology.
Real value for money
A common mistake (especially for first-time businesses) is to look for the lowest price rather than what they actually need. Before contacting companies do some research and consider what you need as this will then make it easier to get the right setup for the best price rather than a cheaper deal that will turn out to be more expensive to maintain or replace in the long term.
Plan for success
The danger with small businesses is that they assume that their needs will be roughly the same. The danger with that is you can end up with servers that can’t handle your demands or you don’t have a team on board to cope with unexpected issues. While you don’t necessarily need to have everything in place i
mmediately it is best to be aware of potential needs in the future and to have a game plan to implement it in the event of achieving unexpected higher levels of growth.
Home equipment is not business equipment
This also ties in with planning for success- your needs as a business will be different from your home. While it may be an extra investment it is important to have equipment (hardware and software) that is appropriate for business usage. This also includes working from home- if you are serious about it, you have to make the investment in yourself.
Don’t cut back on training
While it is important to have the best equipment it is useless if people don’t know how to use it. A period of training and showing employees how to use the programs and other tools available to them will prevent mistakes and delays in the longer term.
If you are working for yourself this also applies to you- familiarise yourself with the tools at your disposal to make sure you are getting the most from them.
Security is important
Cyber crime is not limited to big corporations- smaller companies and self-employed people can equally be vulnerable to hacks and scams. At the very least invest in decent anti-virus software and firewalls to offer protection for your IT setup.
It doesn’t need to be expensive
Looking at all the recommendations above can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, with cloud computing systems the cost may not be as much as you think. Going to an experienced and reliable company to implement those systems will allow your business to run more efficiently.
For more information on the various packages that Digi Toolbox have to offer a contact us today and we will be happy to discuss your needs in more detail, helping you to find the ideal solution for your business.