Using technology in small business


Using technology in small business

Technology can help small business owners leverage limited capital in smarter and more effective ways. In some cases, using technology is a natural progression for processes you may already have in place in your business. In others, you may need to make some adjustments to reap the benefits of these tech-friendly alternatives.

The good news is that the benefits will often outweigh the short-lived challenges of the transitional process, once your new systems are in place.

• Use time tracking software to see where you are spending your time so you can become more productive.
• Explore open source applications to replace some of the more costly “name brand” alternatives.
• Streamline your work processes with digital dictation.
• Use project management and task management tools to stay on top of your daily business responsibilities.
• Create a digital filing system to make it easier to sort, save, share and find documents.
• Develop an efficient email management process that makes it easier to stay on top of the flow of messages.
• Conduct teleconference calls to make sure team members in different locations are on the same page.
• Hold a webinar or web conference for travel-free face-to-face time.
• Expand your knowledge with online business training.
• Share files and data with the Cloud.
• Set up an Intranet for local file sharing.
• Communicate quickly with your team through instant messaging.

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