Want your business to run without a glitch? Embracing today’s latest technology may be the answer. Technology has helped to speed up many tasks that previously were the bane of any business owner’s life. No longer is there is a need to pour over paperwork with a calculator. Much of it can be done with the click of a mouse. Here are some examples of tech that you as a business owner may wish to adopt in order to stay ahead of the current market.
Keeping on top of staff hours and rates has always been a time-consuming task. Thankfully, most people have moved on from the pen and paper approach, adopting spreadsheets. But did you know that there’s HR management software out there that can speed the process up even more? Such software is able to centralize data and replace paper holiday forms with notifications, as well as being accessible from your phone, meaning that you make edits on the move.
Various accountancy tools have made paying tax returns a hell of a lot easier. Many can analyze your earnings and automatically calculate how much tax you owe, as well as calculating expenses. For those who aren’t keen mathematicians, this can be a great burden lifted. Even if you have an accountant, having these tools can make it much easier to show them exactly what you’re earning instead of rummaging through statements and receipts.
Spare the need to carry a diary and pen around with you and download an app that carries all the information on your phone. Not only can you set reminders that will audibly notify you when you need to do something, you can store and share multiple diaries with some apps that allow you to check when your fellow staff are booked up.
Many meetings only need to last a couple minutes. There’s nothing worse than traveling miles to meet with a client only to talk business for quarter of an hour and then part ways. Cut the time wasted traveling out of your life and free it up for other more important tasks by using a video-chat software like Skype. This allows you both to conduct your meeting from the comfort of each others’ offices. Unlike phone calls which can sometimes be impersonal, this format allows you to see the other person’s face. It can also come in handy when showing designs or diagrams to one another. You can even give people a guided tour of your office from your phone. Whilst nothing beats meeting someone in person, you may be able to cut down on several times which were unnecessary, such as follow-up meetings and conferences you didn’t really want to be at.