By Lina Martinez
When you run a small business, it can be very challenging to know exactly where you should be channelling your funds. After all, you want to invest in the best possible areas to help increase your chances of running a successful enterprise. However, technology is always going to be an area in which it is worth investing, no matter what kind of business you are running. Here are just a few of the most common tech-related areas that small companies choose to invest in.
A Great Website
In the modern age, every business needs a great website. As well as servicing your existing clients, this also sells your services to prospective customers. And if this is the first impression that people are getting of your company, it needs to be a strong one. A strong website is also the foundation of a high search engine ranking, which is what customers are increasingly using to find their goods and services.
The great thing about social media is that it is a promotional tool which you don’t have to channel a huge amount of money towards. However, you do need to dedicate time so that you are getting the most out of your accounts. So, if you are running the accounts yourself, you can’t just sporadically post things in the hope that you will naturally acquire more followers. Instead, you need to have a very clear strategy that you are following to achieve success.
A Smartphone or Tablet
Though you are already likely to have a smartphone and tablet, it may be worth investing in a separate one dedicated to your business. This way, you can very clearly differentiate between your personal and business lives. Carry it with you at all times and you can always be ready to deal with any issues that happen while you are out and about.
If you run a business which requires you to provide invoices to your clients or track your expenses, an effective system is essential. And there are many different options out there these days which you can make the most of. Many of these systems are easy enough to learn, and they are also accessible from a range of computers or mobile devices.
Specialised Technology and Apps
Depending on the type of business that you run, there will be a host of specialised technologies and apps which will help you out. So, if you are managing a hedge fund, you could look into trading software for quantitative trading. Perhaps you are running a logistics business and an online scheduling app would come in handy. As advances in technology are being made all the time, it is always worth looking into anything which could benefit your business.
Many companies are now investing in cloud-based storage systems to ensure that all their important records or files are securely backed-up. As well as giving you peace of mind, they also allow you to access your files whenever you are and mean that you have less need of physical storage space.
Project Management/Calendar System
When your small business starts to take off, you are likely to find that your time is very stretched indeed. So, keeping everything organised is an essential part of your company. A calendar system such as the one provided by Outlook or a project system like BaseCamp can be enormously beneficial. This way, you and everyone else in your team can access your schedules and documents, as well as being able to share updates as and when you need to.
As real-life crime rates decrease, criminals are increasingly operating in the virtual world. Therefore, it is always going to be worth investing in technology that protects your company from attacks. First of all, your wireless networks need to be protected with a secure password. You should also have the latest anti-virus and malware programs installed and updated. And you also need to ensure that you have a company-wide policy of changing your passwords on a regular basis.
Managing your cash flow is one of the most crucial aspects of running a small business. After all, you won’t get very far without money coming in. Digitising your payment systems makes it easier for clients, and also helps you to keep track of your finances much more efficiently.
Keeping your business up to date with technology is essential, and these nine areas apply to most small businesses.
By Vicki Haskett
Accidents don’t choose anyone. This means another person, or even yourself, can be involved in an accident and there may be no way to prevent it. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t prepare for such an eventuality. There are many aspects and dimensions of accidents that should be considered when assessing them, but preparing for them carefully can have particular benefits. In this instance, tackling the risks of high speed collisions to the body can help you create a plan of action should this happen to you. At this point you may be wondering, what exactly does happen in your body when you’re in a high speed collision?
Understanding these effects on your body cannot happen in a single reading, however, and it’s still important to at least consider talking with a professional such as a doctor in order to know the full extent of a high speed collision to your body. After all, there are particular conditions in your body that might not be present in others. If you are unsure as to the legal repercussions of collisions such as high-speed collision to your rights and the rights of others, perhaps a lawyer found in a service like this could be of assistance.
According to Ranker, the idea of an accident itself can be horrifying. However, when a high speed collision is in question, a lot of things can happen inside your body. The internal organs have different responses to such an experience, and they tend to be unpleasant.
Chances Are: Bowels May Leak Into Your Chest
When you are affected by a high speed collision, damage such as swollen and bruised organs, a punctured chest, or broken ribs are actually things to expect. Damage and rupture to the lungs, hearts, and the spleen are also possible. What’s worrisome however is that human waste and bile can actually push themselves out of the stomach and into the chest.
- This is extremely deadly, as this is one of the easiest ways to generate sepsis, or the deadly condition of a severe infection. Unfortunately, this is just as hard to heal, as bowels can damage numerous parts of the body.
Chances Are: You May Have Delayed Internal Bleeding
If you’re in a car accident or a high speed collision, the body tends to release adrenaline because of stress and duress. However, the body also releases something called endorphins, commonly known as the hormones that regulate happy feelings. This can dampen the feeling of pain and help lessen the risk of fainting.
- Unfortunately, this may also mean you don’t exactly get to feel internal bleeding. As what you’ve read the above, broken ribs, a busted chest cavity, and bruised organs can actually cause a lot of damage to the body. Emergency personnel can at least help determine the cause of your problems if you know where pain is, but if you have dampened pain receptors, it can be just as hard to know just where internal damage may be located.
- This can be solved by going to the hospital for immediate treatment, but if this isn’t treated immediately, this can actually be extremely lethal for you.
Chances Are: Organs May Hit Bones And Your Skeleton
When your body stops moving from a collision, everything that sloshes will stop. Since the body is made of a lot of liquid and soft organs, the impact the collision causes can move them around the body as it will take time for them to adjust to the speed of the car.
- Unfortunately, there are chances that your organs can actually be crushed depending on the part of the body they are sent to. The front abdominal wall can actually destroy and damage these organs, and this can cause internal bleeding.
- Not only that, but this is particularly deadly for your lungs, as they may hit a punctured chest wall. This means that if your ribs end up puncturing the cavity surrounding the lungs, the lungs won’t be able to expand like they normally do. Air that will enter the lungs will instead be in your ribcage, which can be costly in terms of your survival.
Chances Are: Your Collarbone, Ribs May Fall Apart
Just like how sensitive your other organs are, your ribs and collarbone may actually fall apart as a result of a high speed collision. The collarbone isn’t exactly the strongest bone out there, so the collision may cause it to break and snap apart. This also happens to your ribcage, as it not exactly as durable as it should be to leave a high speed collision unscathed.
- Remember, the faster the vehicle, the more dangerous the collision will be for your system. Your body will try to stay in motion as long as possible, which means the damage to your body can actually get worse. If you end up in a high speed collision, try to get immediate medical help, even if you feel safe and sound. The sooner you get to be checked by a doctor, the safer you’ll be.
Vehicular accidents that result in injuries tend to have these injuries show outright, as impact from these collisions often have drastic effects on the body. This is why, if you’ve noticed, advice for those who are involved in car accidents is to make sure not to move injured people and to always call medical professionals for help. In the same token, it might be of use to be aware of what happens in your body when you’re in a high speed collision to understand just how potentially serious these injuries could get when left unchecked.
Vicki is a law writing enthusiast who’s had over 25 years of experience in her field. She enjoys sharing her experiences with those who want to learn more about the legal world. In her spare time she spends quality time with her family and friends.
By Sharon Jones
Your health is something that is more precious than gold. After all, if you haven’t got your health, you won’t be able to enjoy all the material things in life. That is why it’s so important that you look after it in the best way possible. To help you do this just follow the advice below.
Be more aware
There are lots of ways that increased awareness can improve your health. It may be that becoming more aware of the risks of certain behaviors like smoking and drinking can lead you to make more healthy decisions like quitting or cutting down in the future.
Additionally being more aware of the hazards you face in the workplace and out in the public domain, and the risks they pose to you is useful. This is because it can ensure that you are much more careful in terms of your day to day behavior. Something that can definitely help safeguard your health by preventing you getting into unnecessary accidents.
In fact, taken to its logical conclusion increased awareness of emotional and mental states through practices such as meditation and therapy can also help you safeguard your health too. This is because as you become more attuned to these states, you can learn to react to them in an appropriate and constructive way, rather than taking part in coping strategies that could harm your health.
Seek treatment fast
To safeguard your health, it’s also essential that if there is an issue you get it seen and treated as soon as possible. The reason for this is that the effects of many conditions can be minimized by getting them treated quickly.
Of course, medical treatment isn’t cheap, and it can be a struggle for many people to meet the costs involved to get their condition sorted. That is why it’s also important that you speak to a professional personal injury attorney if you have a condition that was caused by the action or negligence of someone else. This is because the funds you received from a case win can be put towards the cost of medical treatment and allow you to access everything you need to make a speedy recovery.
Follow the doctor’s advice
Some folks don’t like doing this, but following the doctors’ advice is essential if you want your health to be at its best for as long as possible. That means making lifestyle changes such as starting to do some gentle exercise and watching what you eat.
It also means taking any medication at the time when the doctor advises. Something that you can use a pill planner to remind you to do.
Following the doctor’s advice is crucial to safeguarding your health.
In addition, if your treatment includes homework, something that physical therapy patients and CBT and other counseling patients often have, its vital that you do this. After all, medical professionals can only show you the route to keeping well in these cases, but it is you that has to actually walk it to ensure you stay in tip-top health.
These days we breathe technology (image: https://www.pexels.com/photo/apple-coffee-computer-desk-356056/)
By Lina Martinez
Technology is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.” If you are anything like the majority of the population, we probably lost you as soon as the fourth word of the definition was written. Is that right? As much as we use it (from social media to search engines, the average individual is connected to the internet for an average of 20 hours every week), many of us don’t know much about technology, and this can be a real problem if we have to make use of it professionally.
If you also like spending time checking your Facebook or Twitter accounts but haven’t got the slightest clue as to what to do if your client asks you to send them a compressed file, the below lines are specially for you.
Here’s how to be better prepared for technological dilemmas.
There would have been a time at some point or another when you tried sending a file via email, and you received an onscreen message that told you the file you were trying to send was too large. This is a standard issue with many people who work in industries that require large and bulky documents to be transferred from one user to another. If the reports you are dealing with on a daily basis are image-heavy specially, these will pose a problem when it’s time to send them via email, and you will need to use software that enables you to compress these ahead of sharing the information. Learn how to zip and unzip files on your Mac so that you no longer have to face this issue.
If you run a successful company, making calls will also be part of your business, and at times, these will be international and lengthy. There is nothing technology can do (yet) if you would like to shorten your calls and make them less annoying (specially if your client is not the most exciting person to talk to), but there is something it can do to ensure you don’t end up paying thousands of dollars monthly on your telephone bill. With the internet and technology today being relatively easy to use for the average user, connectivity has also been improved and made more accessible by the key players in the industry. Applications like Skype will enable you to call Skype members for free, and those who haven’t signed up to the platform can still be reached at cheaper rates on their landlines and mobile phones. For more affordable connectivity rates, give Skype a go!
Last but not least comes scanning. This is extremely useful if we wish to send our clients or customers a copy of a receipt or an identical copy of an original that already exists. Gone are the days when we would use our scanners and faxes to do this. These days, with applications like Dropbox you too can become a scanning master with just the help of your mobile phone. Download the app onto your phone and scan any document before you send it to your email address or that of the customers you serve.
By Nigel Hilton
When it comes to building a business from scratch, many entrepreneurs become overwhelmed with the tasks ahead and forget to pay attention to small details that make a huge difference in their reputation and branding. Below you can find out more about the commonly forgotten details that can potentially change the outlook of your new business.
You might think that in the digital age, you don’t need a business card or a leaflet, let alone invoice pads. You are likely to come across customers who prefer written communication, and are not techies. To accommodate their needs, you might want to invest in some cheap business checks and add some branding messages. You need to grab the opportunity to get your name out everywhere you can, let it be the internet or a printed magazine.
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You must look and act professional at all times. This means that you need to create a professional page on LinkedIn and other sites, including directories and social media. The more information you show your potential customers about your company, the more likely they will trust you. The main issue with online businesses is that anyone can claim fame without having to prove it. If you can showcase your skills online and offline, you are more likely to gain your customers.
When you make your first sales or get your first customers, you are likely to be too preoccupied with the job, and fail to request a feedback. This is a huge mistake. To make your business more successful, you need to overcome the fear of asking for recommendations and feedback. Today’s customers are looking for reviews on social media, and if you have none, your search engine rankings and reputation will suffer.
Transparency of the Website
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We all want a flashy website that captures the attention of the customer, but hardly ever create it wearing the potential client’s head. Make sure you know what their main concerns and questions are and answer them on the landing page, instead of forcing them to scroll through several pages. The sooner they can get the answer to their question, the more likely they will be to contact you for a quote or place an order.
A Clear Social Media Account
Some entrepreneurs fail to review their personal social media account before they start a business. When their potential customers look them up, they don’t look professional, at all. Clear up your profile from negative comments, bad language,and those drunk night out photos if you are serious about your business. Make sure your personal profile reflects your brand’s values and mission, as much as it can.
It is important that you pay attention to the details and maintain the good reputation of your startup business. Make sure that you check your social media posts, build a professional profile on LinkedIn, and focus on increasing your brand’s reputation every day. Make your website straightforward and transparent, and you will beat the competition.
By Nigel Hilton
If you’re starting out on your own, then like many entrepreneurs your new venture can be met with some trepidation. You are likely to also want to spend money sparingly and starting off things in the business small. No matter how small you want to start things, though, you will still need some technological tools to help your business to grow and to compete with your fellow counterparts. Certain pieces of tech can help you to make more money for the business but they can help you to save time too. No tech is going to run your business for you, but it is going to help you get things going.
LED Backlit Monitor
Having a laptop or a tablet is all very well, but when it comes to office equipment, you need a large monitor to help working at a desk much easier. When you’re not having to strain, it can mean a more relaxed neck, back, and eyes. So if you find working from a desk uncomfortable or get pain from sitting or looking at a screen, then this can be a big help to you. If it is LED backlit, then it does help to reduce the strain and glare on your eyes. You don’t want to miss out on anything important or make yourself ill when you’re trying to do your work.
Being able to print out your work, wherever you are in the home or office, is going to be helpful. You might need to quickly print out an email before dashing off to a meeting, for example. So having a wireless printer that is ready to go can be most helpful. Just make sure that you get good quality printer ink for the printer too. Then all of your documents can be printed quickly, as well as looking good.
It is an obvious one that you will need a smartphone. But having a phone that will allow you easy access to emails is key for business. Internet access is also going to be really important. It can be a good idea when you’re going into business to have one phone for business use and one phone for personal use. It can help you to be more productive when on your work phone, as you won’t have to deal with any personal emails or social media notifications that pop up.
Wireless Router With Apps
If you have got a growing office, then your router needs to be able to take the strain. It can waste time and money to install ethernet cables, so the best idea is to go for wireless. One like the Belkin Play could be a good option as it will still enable you to use around the office but according to reviews, has unparalleled connectivity. In an office that will be filled with people and radio waves, you need a router that is going to be able to get to everyone and keep a strong signal.
Do you have a favorite piece of tech for your office?