Starting your own business is one of the most exciting times your working life. Seeing that dream become a reality is not all plain sailing however and you will soon find yourselves having to make more decisions than you ever imagined. When it comes to the technology side it can be easy to go overboard and order everything you lay eyes on, and even easier to overspend on things you simply don't need. With this in mind here is our guide on choosing the right technology for your start up.
This might seem like a no brainer but many mistakes are made when acquiring computer equipment for a start-up. A quality machine is obviously important but you don't need to pay extra for one that has way more built in features than you will ever use. A good look online will show you the sheer volume of business machines available to enable you to make an informed choice as to which best suits your needs. The type of business also makes a difference to how many computers you actually need, so do your research before you start spending.
Today's business people need the option to be able to do what they want, when they want, how they want and where they want without any annoying interruptions. The best way of achieving this from a tech point of view is by implementing a SaaS; Software as a Service, platform. This offers the user an intuitive interface right across a range devices. The keywords here are simplicity, consistency and intelligence. With the main focus being on increasing your productivity and streamlining those every days tasks SaaS is a real boon to any start up.
Whether you are already cloud savvy or have shied away from it in the past, cloud services are the current buzz word in storage. The beauty of cloud is that as opposed to your normal storage facilities, in a computer's memory for example, you can access cloud wherever you are. So if you are out in the field and need access to data you can bring it up instantly on any device you have with you. As the business expands al your employees have instant access to whatever they need, making it a must have for any business.
If are somewhat old school and still have a phone that allows you to only make calls and send texts it's time to get on-board with the latest technology. The capabilities of modern mobile devices allow you to conduct business on the go. Gone are the days of attending important meetings armed with a piles of files, all you need is a smartphone or tablet to be able to access information needed instantly when it's needed. It also looks way more professional than searching through reams of paperwork looking for that piece of info you 'know is here somewhere'.
CRM, or Customer Relationship Management, software is the one stop shop as far as your business is concerned. Everything you could want all in one place that you can access from anywhere, something every business in the modern age needs. As with everything else, however, there are numerous types of CRM software available and once again it's a case of doing your homework to see which one has the features you actually need. With so many around this is a case of sitting down and making the best decision for your business. This is time well spent in terms of not only the money you will save but also for ease of use once installed as you will only have what you need.