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Using Technology to Stay Competitive

by U.S. Small Business Administration

 

As a business owner, it is vital that you understand and use advanced technologies. Technology can help increase business efficiency and even expand operations.

Accounting Software

This is important, even if you have your own accountant or bookkeeper. Accounting software allows you to see your profits and losses at a glance. It can also help you design and maintain a budget for your business.

Planning Software or Tools

A calendar system is a must. There are many online planning systems that can be utilized to help you keep your calendar organized. Find a system that meets your business' needs and be sure to stick with it.

Time Tracking Software

A time tracking device will help you determine what tasks result in a profit and what tasks do not. This will help you determine what tasks can be eliminated, outsourced, or improved. If you're looking at software that requires a fee, ask for a free trial first to make sure it's the right software for you.

Email Management

As a business owner, you probably use several email accounts to manage the various aspects of your company. If you streamline these emails to one account, you'll be able to stay organized and abreast of your emails.

Mobile Internet Access

Access to the internet on your mobile device will not only make your life easier, it will also help you maintain a positive reputation for your business. For example, if you are able to follow up with a client by email immediately after a meeting or sale, you will be showing that you are accessible, timely and professional.

Once you decide which types of technology are right for you and your business, you'll be on your way to being more organized and efficient than ever.

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This article was originally published on the U.S. Small Business Administration website. Visit them for more helpful resources for your business!

 

 


 

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