What Tech does your Business need?
Business owners often ask me, what technology do I absolutely have to use in my business? The truth is, none (yes really). A business can operate without technology, but achieve far better results in a shorter amount of time if they do.
Cloud based tech, and technology in general are tools business owners can use to accomplish so much more, in a shorter time frames and for less financial outlay, and this is particularly true for start-ups. Businesses are now able to scale in ways that just weren’t possible before, accessing talent globally while still offering flexibility to its workforce.
Technology is evolving so fast that the tools we use today are going to look vastly different to the tools we use in 2 years, and this can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be hard to determine what will move the needle for your business right now. I have put together a list below of areas I see technology making a difference in businesses today:
Financial – You need to have a means of storing, monitoring and tracking your finances. It has to be user friendly and this could be cloud based, such as Xero. I use the app Receipt Bank to upload my receipts, and this integrates with my accounting software. Your business may also need a payment gateway, a method for accepting payment online from your customers such as Eway or Ezidebit.
Administrative – As we move more towards virtual teams, storing data, documents and standard operating procedures (SOP’s) in a way that can be accessed online is becoming more and more important – Google Drive, Google Sites, and Sweet Process come instantly to mind here. Scheduling software such as ScheduleOnce and Calendar apps can be particularly useful to the day to day running of your business.
Communication – As we move towards a more flexible and diverse workforce, we need more than just email and text messaging for effective internal communication. Apps such as Slack, WhatsApp and Voxer are great. Technology means we are better able to communicate not only with our virtual teams, but also our customers. Video […]