Running and maintaining a small business is a challenge. Because of limited personnel and limited financial resources, small business owners often need to wear multiple hats to keep their business afloat. Modern technology has made it easier for small business owners to manage and track multiple tasks at the same time. The following are four essential technologies for small businesses.
Cloud Driven Storage Devices
So much is written about information being in “the cloud” that most people are sick of hearing about it. However, the reason that it’s talked about so much is because services that are delivered via the cloud allow businesses flexibility that was not previously available. Cloud-based services have changed the way that businesses backup information and recover information after disasters, the way that sales force automation works, and it has enhanced information security and distribution.
Managing small businesses finance is the most taxing part of being a small business owner. The need to keep track of expenditures, income, customers, and payroll is time-consuming. If it is done incorrectly, it could result in the business losing money, losing customers, and find themselves on the wrong side of the IRS. For this reason, accounting software is a must have for small businesses. There are some free accounting programs that are available online, as well as well-known paid programs that make billing, inventory, and payroll easy.
Voice Over IP
A few years ago, voice over IP software was thought to be something that only large companies could afford or needed. Now, small and medium-size businesses are taking advantage of the greater flexibility and reduced pricing provided by voice over IP systems. Voice over IP systems allow businesses to use one service to accomplish voicemail, videoconferencing, email, faxing, and other communication solutions. When used in conjunction with a laptop, it allows business owners to effectively manage their company regardless of where they are.
Managed IT Services
While the individuals who work for managed IT services are not a piece of technology, the work they do is a vital to keeping the technology used in small businesses running. These individuals have received their MBA in information technology management and understand how technology impacts business. Managed IT services monitor a business’s network operations from a remote location and attempt to address problems before they interfere with the operations of the business.
Running a small business is hard. However, technologies like the cloud, voice over IP systems, accounting software, and managed IT services make the job a lot easier.