Want to grow your small business in 2013? Try these IT projects

If your business isn’t growing, it’s dying. That’s why it’s vital that you stay on the lookout for new solutions to grow your small business. There’s one area, though, in which small business owners often neglect to look for growth strategies: IT. Yes, you can grow your business’ revenue by investing in IT. Small Business Computing.com provides a roadmap, listing several IT projects that can help make your business and employees more efficient and productive.

OnsiteWi-Fi

A growing number of businesses permit their staff to bring their own personal electronic devices – everything from laptops to smartphones – to their cubicles. The reasoning behind this movement: When people work on laptops and tablets that they know well, they work more efficiently. But allowing your staff to participate in the bring-your-own-device movement doesn’t mean very much if your office isn’t equipped with a reliable Wi-Fi service that allows your workers to access the Web, send e-mail and post to social media sites while at their desks. Make installing a powerful Wi-Fi network in your office a priority for 2013.

Invest in Ultrabooks

Your employees are able to do more if they can tote laptops to meetings with customers. Traditional laptops, though, are too clunky. And small Netbooks are often too slow and limited. Ultrabooks, though, are a different animal. These laptops are both small and light enough to be portable, and powerful enough to enable employees to demonstrate multimedia presentations and reports to prospective customers. When in the office they can quickly be coupled with full size, keyboards, mice and monitors to provide the ease of use of desktop computers. One way to see your business grow is to provide your employees more options for snagging new customers. Ultrabooks are one of these options.

Wipe out Windows XP

A surprising number of companies still have computers running the Windows XP operating system. This is inefficient. To begin with, Microsoft will no longer support this 10-year-old operating system as of April 8, 2014. This means that Microsoft will no longer be sending out monthly security updates for the system. At the same time, newer versions of the Windows operating system are simply more efficient. If Windows 8 is too new and unproven for your liking, Windows 7 has a good track record and still has years of useful life. Give your employees a better chance of finishing their projects in less time — upgrade from Windows XP.


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