Each day, a small business owner has to make multiple difficult choices on how to spend his or her limited time, energy and resources in the most optimal manner. Whether you're running the latest hipster café in town or a new technology startup, being at your productive best is something that should be high up on your priority list every day. The tools you use, such as your PCs, tablets and smartphones, all contribute to helping you remain at the top of your game. With that, here are some tips on how you can leverage technology to stay productive.
1. Use technology to help you work better on-the-go
Most small business owners today are extremely mobile, moving from meeting to meeting while trying to squeeze work in between. With time already at a premium, ultraportable PCs such as convertibles allow you to leverage the power of a full keyboard device for better content creation and productivity while on-the-go.
2. Keep your PC running at peak performance
With limited resources, every second of your day is precious, and you don't want to waste valuable time waiting for your PC to open a file or even worse, spend a few hours fixing a hardware or software issue. Use solutions that are designed to keep your PC running at peak performance, to improve the user and business experience. Solutions that assess software and hardware, diagnose issues and provide tips to fix potential problems before they impact the business.
3. Charge up, move on
Another major time saver is having a laptop or PC which you can charge up in an instant before leaving the office for your day on the road. Imagine if you could charge up 80 percent of your laptop battery in the space of half an hour.
4. Don't waste time managing your PCs
As a small business owner, you have bigger things to worry about than running hardware and system maintenance. However, it's these small nitty gritty details which help your business run optimally, ensuring your point-of-sale (POS) system doesn't malfunction and your website stays up-and-running. Use solutions to ensure that all your critical business programs and applications are running in the pink of health, and designate maintenance tasks such as software updates, backup, disk defragmentation, deletion of cookies or temporary Internet files to be carried out after work hours. Take your mind off maintenance and focus on the things which will help grow your business.
5. Windows 8
If you're a longtime Windows user, have a think about upgrading to Windows 8. Apps can help you organise everything from photos to scanned documents to Web pages, while cloud-based storage applications like Box allow you to access your documents from virtually any Windows 8 device - be it tablet or PC - and also securely share this content and collaborate via "workspaces" where users can assign tasks, post comments on specific documents and be notified about documents related to them.
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