Around 77% of all small businesses in North America use technology for personal and professional purposes. There is no surprise or shock to this as technology provides many incredible and different benefits.
As a small business, you should always take advantage of tools and technology for the following reasons:
- To earn twice the revenue or more.
- To save time, energy, and other resources.
- To have more energy, momentum, and focus on producing higher quality work.
- Provides you the opportunity to improve or be the leader in your industry.
- Ensures proper communication between your customers, you, and your business team or both depending on your company’s size.
- To make your life and business more manageable, more organized, and productive.
This is only a shortlist of the many benefits that technology can bring to your business. However, to reap these rewards, you must find the right tools and technology for your business and needs. Just because a tip works for everyone else doesn’t mean it will benefit you too.
The following are a few things to keep in mind when using and choosing the right tools and technology for your business:
Be Mindful of Your Pain Points or Frustrations
What areas of your business provide you the most pain and discomfort? When having trouble organizing all your projects, customer information, or delegating tasks, for example, project management systems such as Trello or Basecamp, will keep you and your team on track.
What Is Taking Up All Your Time
Are there tasks that need three hours or more of your focus at a time? Accounting and other administrative tasks are the first spots to look at in this case. These tasks are often time-consuming and require a lot of concentration and understand to get done correctly. QuickBooks helps keep track of your inventory, invoices, projects, customers, bills, and more.
Be Aware of Your Workspace and Workplace Requirements
While there are many tools and technology that can benefit you, they may not be best suited for your workspace or environment.
What Are Your Weaknesses and Strengths?
Your lack of skills can be made up for with proper use of technology—freeing you from stress, frustration, or taking away your time trying to learn something you don’t want to or care to know. Just because you own or run a business doesn’t mean you have to be a mastermind or an expert at every and all skills.
Ask Your Customers or Employers
The best information to help is directly from the source. Your customers and employers want to use technology that makes their life easier too. Opening up this line of communication also shows your audience that you care and want to provide value.
As you can see, tools and technology can increase your productivity and provide many benefits. Find your weaknesses, pain points, and frustrations, and let technology do the work for you.