If you’re like most small businesses, you rely on your tools (meaning your computer and software). But, are your tools outdated? If so, you may not be as productive as you should be. Even worse, your work may be incompatible with your client’s equipment.
Here are six technology areas of your business, according to Lever.com, that you should check regularly to make sure that they are up to date.
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- "Internet connection. Twelve years ago dial-up Internet connections were common. But, if you’re using a dial-up connection today, chances are that you can’t access much of today’s online resources. Forget about downloading large files.
- Computer hardware. Not only is computer hardware getting faster, it’s also getting smaller and more energy efficient. If your hardware isn’t up to date you won’t be able to use some of the most current software packages. Besides, this stuff wears out.
- Software tools. Software manufacturers update their software for a reason. Not only do software updates contain new features, they often fix old problems. To get the most from your software tools be sure to keep them up to date.
- Social media tools. The popularity of social media tools changes over the years. While Twitter and Facebook may be the hot online social tools for today, tomorrow the popular tools may be different. If your clients change social media tools so should you.
- Mobile computing devices. These popular devices are more than just a status symbol. They offer you a new and better way to communicate with clients. Plus, they give you the flexibility to leave your office without worrying about getting behind in your work.
- Website design. Does your website scream 1990s? An outdated website can reflect poorly on your business. Remember, your website is often the first thing a prospective client sees. Be sure to leave a good impression."