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How to Save Money on Essential Tech for Your Business

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As a busy business owner, you know too well that time and money are always at the forefront of your mind, whether it’s trying to make more or trying to save more. With that being said, we’ve gathered several ways you can save on and consolidate your technology needs.

Find Someone Who Knows

Though the idea is to save money by only using what you can put into action on your own, it is a good idea to have someone available for help if you find yourself in a pinch. Find a Virtual Assistant (VA) who is tech savvy so you have someone to help guide you through the forever changing tech wilderness as your company grows. Your VA should take the time to learn about your particular field and be able to offer expertise no matter what stage of business you are in.

Lose the Expensive Software

A reliable Wi-Fi connection is very important for any business, along with up to date computers for every employee at your company – both of which you may choose to pay top dollar to secure. There are, however, other standard technology requirements that now have cheaper, but equally functional alternatives which may interest you.

In years past, human resources and accounting software was costly and came with the added need of a technical infrastructure. Today, with simple cloud apps for things like payables, invoicing and workforce management, these tasks have never been easier or more cost-effective. Experts recommend FreshBooks, Shitfhub and Wave Accounting.

Similarly, with plug-ins for sales and marketing, you can capitalize on efficiency and cost effectiveness to generate new business. Apps like Streak help you utilize your Gmail account for customer relations and lead tracking. Also worth checking out are Rapportive and Boomerang.

With a little research, you’re likely to find an app that is free or low cost for virtually any business need. So arm yourself with information before getting sucked in to expensive (and sometimes unnecessary) technology.

POS Made Easier

Nowadays, savvy small businesses are recognizing the value in tablet and smartphone-compatible solutions in lieu of expensive POS systems. Many types of businesses, from one-man shows to full-blown brick-and-mortar businesses, are using mobile card readers like Square. These readers can be used with Android or iOS devices in order to offer customers the ability to pay with credit or debit.

Double Duty

And finally, never underestimate the power of your smartphone. A reliable phone is essential because it can act as your GPS, data storage and even your laptop. You also need a high-quality camera for things like marketing, social media and insurance. Your smartphone can even replace your need for an expensive DSLR camera. For example, the Galaxy S7 Edge offers exceptional photo quality and can take sharp, crystal clear images with the world’s first dual-pixel smartphone camera.

Regardless of the type of tech you need for your business, it’s best to research ways you can save time and money by consolidating expensive devices and services. Our VAs can assist you with this to help relieve the hassle of it all and get you started on the right foot.

Posted on July 21st, 2016 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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