Between new tablets, VR, AR, and Zoom calls, Americans are practically swimming in new technology. Advancements are getting faster every day. So, what does this mean for business owners? You have more tools to help your small businesses thrive! From automating key work processes to hosting data, we’ve listed our favorites below. Here are our top 5 technologies to implement in your small business:

 

CRM Software

If you work with lots of clients, a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool is a game changer. A CRM acts as your personal database, tracking critical information about your contacts. Then, by processing the information, your CRM allows you to assess and organize each of your relationships.

A CRM acts as your personal database, tracking critical information about your contacts.

A CRM will streamline both your inbound and outbound logistics. By streamlining contact information, A CRM can help your sales, marketing and administration departments operate smoothly.

Companies like SalesforceZoho and Hubspot offer their CRM software online, so you can access your leads – anytime, anywhere.

 

Online Team Communication Apps

Gone are the days of yelling office-to-office, crowding the water cooler (wait, what’s that?), and sending unnecessary emails. Now, more than ever, small businesses can compete with the ‘big dogs’ thanks to this tech!

Now, more than ever, small businesses can compete with the ‘big dogs’ thanks to this tech!

Team communication apps are taking the business world by storm, and for good reason. These apps keep all your team communication online. Apps like SlackMicrosoft Teams, and more streamline employee discussions. They even organize them by team, project, or subject. Talk about a huge time & stress saver!

Need to send an all-staff update, ask just your marketing department a question, or speak with a specific teammate? You can assign corresponding channels for each.

Additionally, these apps allow you to easily find information shared between you and your teammates.

These apps allow you to easily find information shared between you and your teammates.

The best apps even integrate with your favorite productivity apps. For example, Slack can integrate with everything from Workday to Google Drive. This way, you can easily access all your files online. And most of these apps are available both desktop & mobile, allowing you to work whenever, wherever.

 

Project Management Software

When you’re running a small business, you’ve got a lot on your plate. With projects spanning your company’s capabilities, trying to keep track of all projects can be overwhelming. Enter, project management software.

Apps like AsanaBasecamp, and Microsoft Projects help businesses schedule, track, and collaborate on projects.

Project management software allows managers to break down projects & easily delegate. These apps make delegating specific tasks, details, and deadlines easy! Communicating about projects has never been faster or easier!

 

Cloud-Based Storage

With data exponentially expanding, more and more businesses are opting to store their data in the cloud. Remember those office servers? Now you don’t have to keep your servers on site, and it can be more secure and less expensive to do so.

Cloud-based storage offers a number of perks, namely the ability to access your files at any time. Services such as OneDriveGoogle DriveBox and Dropbox offer both desktop and mobile access. This allows you and your coworkers to collaborate on files and projects even when you’re not physically together.

Cloud storage services are also scalable, perfect for a small business! You can just pay for the storage you need. When storing your data in the cloud, you increase security while cutting down on hardware costs. These cloud services have added benefits of enterprise-level security and unlimited data backup. Great right!

When storing your data in the cloud, you increase security while cutting down on hardware costs.

 

Mobile Point-Of-Sale Systems

Mobile Point-of Sale (POS) systems are a game-changer for small businesses! With the ease of an app and small addition to your phone, you can set-up shop anywhere!

Apps like SquareVend and Shopkeep have become increasingly popular for restaurant and retail businesses over the past few years. Mobile POS systems have made sales much easier for businesses across the nation.

Most mobile POS systems allow options for paperless receipts, where customers can opt to receive their receipts via text or email. While saving the environment, you can integrate your CRM with updated information for invaluable strategic marketing.

While saving the environment, you can integrate your CRM with updated information for invaluable strategic marketing.

 

In Closing

In our increasing technological world, small businesses are able to compete with the “big dogs” thanks to new technology. From CRM’s to mobile POS systems, there’s plenty of opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn and grow.

If you want to update your technology, but don’t have the cash flow to support the new equipment or software, Amerifund can help you with equipment financing and working capital.

What technologies are you planning on implementing into your business? Or has tech made a crucial difference in your day-to-day work flow? Comment below and let’s keep the discussion going!