Don’t Make These Technology Mistakes In Your Small Business

Where would businesses be without today’s technology?

The benefits are many, especially when it comes to efficiency, productivity, and future-proofing. 

The first mistake for any business owner would be to ignore the software and hardware solutions that are available. 

Here are some other technology mistakes that are best avoided. 

#1: Forgetting user training

Not everybody on your team will be tech-savvy. Sure, they might be able to power on their computers and access simple functions. But what about the software programs you have installed on their devices? What about the tools you want them to use, such as the video communication technologies that might be necessary for your business? Human error will occur if training isn’t given, as will employee panic! To overcome this issue, pay for third-party training, or delegate to members of your team who are tech-savvy.

#2: Ignoring network and computer security

Hackers only target big businesses, right? It would make sense for them to do so as that’s where the big bucks lie. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case at all. Hackers regularly attack small businesses because they know they won’t have the same security measures in place. Your business could be an easy target, so don’t make any wrong assumptions when it comes to cybercrime. If you get hit, you could lose money, succumb to downtime, and face damages to your reputation. Do the right thing and consult with an IT support company for professional advice and tech support. 

#3: Skipping hardware upgrades

Computers are expensive. As a consequence of this bank account-shattering fact, you might skip hardware upgrades and make do with what you already have. This is a mistake as older pieces of hardware become less usable with age. Slowdown can be a problem, crashes can be frequent, and because of these issues, your employees will work less productively. Another problem is software compatibility. Your computers will need to adhere to the minimum requirements for any new piece of software, so you will run into problems if you are sticking with old hardware. Updating existing pieces of software can also be problematic. So, despite the expense, upgrade to new hardware when you know it is time to do so.

#4: Delaying software updates

It’s easy to ignore your software updates. When you’re busy and you don’t have time to wait for something to download onto your system, you might be tempted to hit the ‘no’ button whenever you’re reminded about the update. “I’ll do it later,'” you tell yourself, which is fine if you do actually remember. And you should remember to update your software because you will miss out on improved performance, security patches, and new features if you don’t. Therefore, schedule a time for updates to take place, such as when you have finished work for the day, or when you’re out of the office for any other reason. 

Nobody’s perfect so mistakes can be commonplace. However, when it comes to your business, you want to minimize error as much as possible. Follow our suggestions then, as you will protect the greater needs of your business if you avoid the mistakes we mentioned.

This is a contributed post

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