Technology Solutions for Small Business

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Technology can be a small business owner's best friend. It can help you work more efficiently, find more customers and save money while doing it. Here is a high-level look at 12 areas where technology can help your small business become more profitable and productive.

1. Online Business Training

As a small business owner, knowledge and a desire to continue expanding your experience is invaluable. With unlimited time and a boundless budget, you could travel the world to participate in live training and educational events. Of course, most of us are restricted by limited finances and time challenges, so that's usually not realistic.

Self-paced training and free online business training programs are an excellent way to expand your know-how, right from the comfort of your own home or office when it suits you best. There are a number of exceptional online business training resources that cover just about any topic you'd want to learn about. Once you know how to select an online business training program, the possibilties are endless.

2. Open-Source Software

Open-source software provides small business owners with alternatives to using mainstream commercial applications in the day-to-day management of their businesses. Open-source software is attractive for many business owners because it typically requires no financial investment and frequently has the flexibility to fit perfectly with a business owner's needs.

One of the most popular open-source tools available is OpenOffice.org, an office software suite with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

3. Landline Alternatives

These days, small business owners are not tied to an office or computer in order to do their work and stay in the loop. One of the ways that business owners can take their business with them is by using an alternative to a traditional landline as their telephone service. Cell phones, VoIP and virtual phone lines are a few of the options available.

4. Teleconference Services

So much of what we do as small business owners has a virtual element. Being able to conduct conference calls with a group of team members and/or clients at different locations is one example of this. There are many teleconference services, some free, that give small business owners the ability to conduct teleconferences with multiple parties -- anytime they want -- without needing special telephone or bridge line equipment.

There are also a number of Web conferencing tools that allow you to connect with team members located all over the world, almost as if you're face-to-face.

5. Time Tracking Tools

Whether or not you bill your clients hourly, small business owners can find significant value in keeping track of where their time is spent. This has a number of benefits including making your project estimates more accurate and helping you boost your own productivity.


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