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Stupid small business tech mistakes, and how to prevent them

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Feb. 14, 2011
If you're not particularly tech-savvy, then purchasing, maintaining, and securing technology for your business can be a confusing situation to navigate. You may already know plenty about what you should do, but what about what you should not do?

14. Skipping the Training Session

It may seem like I'm stating the obvious, but technology is useless unless you know how to use it. Purchasing an expensive new printer or desktop will only be a waste of money if you and your business don't know how to use it to its full potential.

Employee training is especially important if you don't employ full-time IT support, because your workers will be on their own if something goes wrong. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to bring in an external trainer--though the investment might be worth it. Just make tech training a priority and ensure that everyone learns the fine points within the instruction manual.

15. Using Pirated Software

Purchasing software and the associated licenses for your small business can be daunting. It's often expensive, and it's easy to obtain applications instead through less-than-savory venues. That said, using pirated software can score you a hefty fine from the Business Software Alliance watchdog group.

However, this doesn't mean you have to overpay for software. Instead, check out alternative options, such as using free software, buying unused licenses, or paying monthly for services. Also consider purchasing used software, but make sure you know the intricacies of software licensing agreements.

If you happen to be guilty of one--or several--of these tech errors, don't worry, because you're definitely not the only one. However, now you know what mistakes to look out for and how to fix them when you see them. Ultimately, fixing these errors now will help you save money, create a more efficient workplace, and keep you from serious crises down the road. After all, technology is supposed to help--not hurt--your business.


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