Remember when a public phone was the way to make a phone call outside of your home or office? Now you text, call, video chat from anywhere with your smartphone. How about when you went to Blockbuster to rent a movie? Options like Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV, etc. allow us to watch any movie ever made with just a few clicks.
Technology has brought us conveniences we once never imagined possible. These technologies are widely embraced, yet the word “technology” often evokes fear. It disrupts the norm. It sounds complicated, maybe even expensive.
One of the essential things in starting a business is to integrate technology. This does not mean purchasing a database server or learning augmented reality. I bet both of those big fancy terms just scared you. In reality, the technology required to run your business is as simple as an application or software program.
Starting a business used to require an office, business phone line, printer, fax machine, filing cabinet, and lots of office supplies. Thanks to applications and software, you can manage your business on-the-go.
Many business owners have adopted other technologies like Facebook, WhatsApp, Uber, and PayPal. Yet they use practices from the 80s and 90s to manage their business.
Entrepreneurs holding on to fear hold themselves back from growing their business. The outdated and expensive alternatives cost money, time, and customers.
An example of technology that helps you manage your business is bookkeeping software. Organized accounting of sales and expenses is necessary to create a financial roadmap. The software also provides easy-to-read reports, allowing you to make smart decisions for your business. The bonus is that the software is cheaper and less time-consuming than outdated alternatives.
Below is a list of 10 applications, plus a bonus shameless plug, that can help you manage your business more efficiently. Contact me if you want to learn more about how to implement technology into your business. If you already use technology in your business, comment below with some of your favorites.
E-fax: Send a fax from your phone
Dropbox: Cloud file storage
Facebook Ads: Marketing in social networks
Zoom: Video conference and presentation
Regus/Liquid Space: Office rental per hour
WeVideo: Edit videos
HelloSign: Electronic document signing
Wunderlist: Pending organizer
Fiverr/Upwork: Search professional contractors
PayPal/Stripe: Payments and transfers
IOOGO Books: Simple bookkeeping