How to Ramp Up Your Home Business Tech
Running a business out of your home is quite challenging. With the advent of effective tech tools, businesses are quickly integrating these tools into their business. Just because yours is a home business doesn’t mean that you cannot benefit from the latest business technology innovations. Here are some tips to ramp up your home business without large investment of time or money.
Buy a Smartphone
Working from home means you will also be working while you are travelling to interact with your customers and suppliers. Make your business flexible by investing in a smartphone. This helps you to always stay in touch with your customers, make a deal or stop a disaster.
Smartphones are available at all prices. So watch out for the best offers on less expensive mobile devices with your local wireless provider.
Integrate your Apps
It is not enough if you simply buy a smartphone and do nothing with it. You have to sync all your business apps with it. When you use your business software from your email, your sales software and more, you can easily access it no matter where you are, provided you have a good network.
Dropbox automatically syncs all your files online and on your desktop into the phone in your pocket, you don’t have to worry about processing database, risk of email storage or reply delays in the time it takes for you to get back access to your home office’s systems. That satisfies your customers, business partners and suppliers. The Dropbox is free software unless your files to be stored are not more than 2GB.
DLNA- Enabled devices
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology helps all your digital systems such as smartphone, tablet, television speakers and other gadgets to function wirelessly. No additional accessories are required for an uninterrupted connection between devices.
Check your Network
Pay attention to how much you are charged for your network connection. Does it take more time to download the pages or does it have a weak customer support? When you work from home, a strong network is necessary for you to be able to run your business smoothly. A good network makes it easy to access your business apps and database, check your email and stay in touch with your customers and bussiness associates.
Check that your ISP promises a high quality in their Service Level Agreement. It should clearly define the downloading time, jitter and other network issues and provide you with a better alternative if something goes wrong with the network. If you are not satisfied with your current network connection, then you can switch to other network services which offer you a high level of reliability in their network service.
Automatic File Back-up
Get an online file back-up service. The utility copies all your important files from your PC, laptop or server and stores them in an encrypted mode in your private data centers. So now, you have to back up only the latest and updated documents, hence this saves your time if you had to backup everything.
Bluetooth technology built into mobiles transfers all your business calls to a headset, so that you can engage your hands with other work. Blue tooth technology is also compatible with other electronic gadgets such as computers and printers thereby reducing the space taken up by wires in your workplace and also allows you to take printouts from computers in other rooms.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
VoIP can be used to make calls to other companies or send faxes via internet. Skype is a kind of VoIP which allows you to video chat, send instant message via its online service. In other words, you can now contact your clients and vendors overseas for free.
Virtual Attendant Phone Service
This is an automated phone answering and routing service that allows you to add your choice of hold message, call screening, voicemail and an internet control panel which allows you to print your desired call reports.
In addition to this, the “follow me” call forwarding can direct calls to mobile phones, so you never have to worry of a missed call.
Solid web presence
In order to make your home business a great success you need to have a strong web presence. It is the first line of contact that your existing customers have with you and the first and best impression you make on your target customers. Make sure your website offers detailed information about your products and services. If your site is not up to par, your customers won’t come back. Remember to add a variety of contact options such as email address, live chat and others.
The above technology tools have the potential to ramp up your home business. They also help you to become more flexible, mobile and efficient. Though they are popularly used in large scale businesses, all these technology tools are within your price limits.
This Post is written by Alyssa. She is a writer/blogger. She writes articles on Technology, social media, WordPress, Gamification, luxury interior design, website development, blog and online development etc. These days she contributes on punchh.com.