As Spring approaches, we all have a chance for a fresh beginning. Try these tech tips for small business owners to kick 2022 off right.
First, launch a successful year for your business by going mobile. Agility is one of the key differentiators of a small business. Be more flexible than larger competitors by taking full advantage of cloud computing. We recommend you use Office 365 as an all-in-one solution for communication, collaboration, and more. When you’re cloud-based, you and your employees can operate from any location with ease. Check out our blog on our Top 5 Cloud Advantages For Small Businesses here.
You’ll also want to focus on security. Don’t think that you’re safe because of your small size. Every business is a target. An automated bot isn’t going to differentiate between a company with six employees and those with 60 or 600. It is simply going to find that vulnerability and attack. Don’t risk losing time and money to a data breach or ransomware. Instead:
- Secure your email.
- Put a disaster recovery plan in place.
- Backup data in more than one place.
- Educate employees about the importance of unique passwords.
- Prohibit third-party apps on work devices.
- Set devices to notify remote workers when they may be connecting to unsafe networks.
Also, make sure you’re leaving room in the 2022 budget to invest in IT. This is one area where you don’t want to be cutting corners. Unreliable internet service could cause downtime that hurts productivity and loses you clients. Skimping on software or hardware upgrades could lead you vulnerable to safety issues. Did you know? ITM Tech can source and install effective hardware & software solutions for your business.
Another smart move? Get a professional email address. Using email@example.com or you@yourISP.com doesn’t make a great professional first impression. Instead, have a firstname.lastname@example.org email address. You can get reliable business-grade emails from Office 365 also.
Do an information and communications technology audit as well. Take stock of your current technology and how it is performing. This check-up can help you identify opportunities to streamline processes. You might consider adding a customer relationship management tool. This will centralise your customer information and help you personalise pitches. An enterprise resource planning system could improve accounting, human resources, and operations workflows.
Partnering with IT professionals helps you make good technology decisions. You may have a lot of people with opinions, but your business needs inputs from industry experts. ITM Tech understands technology, security, and optimising all your company’s IT resources.
Struggling to make your business meet its goals in 2022? ITM Tech is happy to provide support for you and your business in all your IT needs. Contact us here.