All too often, many startups focus on the products and services they want to offer without considering the infrastructure that will be supporting their businesses. One common example is where startups fail to think about the technology that they need to manage and maintain their daily operations.
As you can appreciate, if you don’t have the right tools to manage your business, you will affect its efficiency and productivity. What’s worse, you could also cause problems with your customers too. And that’s the last thing you want to do before you’ve even got your business off the ground!
With all that in mind, how can you make sure that your new startup is tech-ready? Well, it turns out there are plenty of things you can do! Keep reading to find out what you need to start doing so you can run a successful startup:
Think about what computers your business needs
Believe it or not, it makes perfect sense for some startups to use one brand of a computer over another. For example, Apple Macs are ideal for graphic designers and video editors due to their unparalleled screen resolutions and processing power. But, such systems are overkill for scenarios where all you need to do is send and receive emails or browse the Web each day!
While you’re thinking about the computers to get for your business, you should also consult with a managed IT services firm. That way, if you ever have any computer problems, you don’t have to worry about not knowing how to fix them.
Don’t rely on the cloud for everything
These days, many people recommend that you take advantage of cloud services such as database and file storage, emails, and more. While there are clear advantages of using the cloud for your business needs, it’s also a good idea to do some things on a local level too.
Let’s say that your cloud hosting provider has an outage and your entire corporate database is on there. How can you serve your customers if you cannot find out any details about their orders or even who they are?
Many startups have a mix of cloud and offline computer storage and applications. It gives them the best of both worlds and doesn’t make them wholly reliant on Internet connections. Let’s face it; DSL and fiber links do go down from time to time!
Have the right payment equipment for your customers
It’s tempting to just tell your customers that you only accept cash or bank transfer payments. But, the rising popularity of contactless technology and digital wallets is changing the way we pay for things in the 21st century.
With that in mind, you should ensure that you’ve got the right tech for accepting card payments and ones from contactless or digital wallet providers.
Make use of VoIP technology
Will your startup be dealing with plenty of international customers? If so, the last thing you want to do is rack up your phone bill whenever you have to call them. Instead, it makes sense to take advantage of VoIP calling services such as Skype.
Thanks for reading today’s blog post; feel free to share a link to it with your friends!