Essential IT Your Startup Must Invest In
These days you are most definitely in the minority if you are starting a business, even a one-woman one, without at least some IT.
Of course, then there are those on the other end of things to whom IT is everything, as it controls a great deal of their business process through automation. However, it is wise to remember that no matter the size of your business, there are some essential IT items and pieces of software that you cannot do without. Read on to find out what they are.
Smartphone and apps
It is entirely to run your business from your smartphone. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it is technically possible. Also, by having a smartphone for your startup, it means that you can easily contact customers and suppliers by phone, message, or email, as well as use the internet for research and to check your official social media. You can and even write and edit documents all on the go, perfect if you work takes you out to meetings regularly, or if you prefer to live the life of a digital nomad.
Of course, to be as effective as possible on your smartphone you will need the right apps. Your basic word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation apps are useful, and for this, you may choose to go with Google’s offering or use a modified version of Microsoft’s Office for your phones. Although, don’t be fooled into thinking these are the only apps you need.
In fact, there are a wealth of others that can make your life a hell of a lot more relaxed as well. In particular, apps such as the FaxBurner, which allow you to receive faxes to your phone, make mobile working much more manageable. Then there are organisational apps like this Eisenhower Matrix to do list or Endnote that can help you prioritise and keep your ideas neat and tidy and ready to access whenever you need them.
Laptop and software
Of course, not everyone wants to spend their entire working day using a tiny screen, and that is why most people also have personal computers or laptops when they are starting up their business as well.
Laptops are an excellent choice because they are easy to pack up and take home so you can carry on working there, or even on the journey itself. PC’s, on the other hand, are preferred by many, especially those in the creative sector who need more memory and power to run visual programs such as editing suites and Adobe Creative Cloud.
It is also worth noting that there are other forms of software available for your computer that could be hugely useful to a business just starting up. These include things such as productivity monitoring software that allow you to check your employees are on task and will hit their work targets, as well as accounting software, programs that can make invoicing customers – and paying suppliers – super simple, as well as even help you to complete your tax return, something that many startup owners and people going into business for the first time dread!