Tech Trends for Small Businesses
The corporate world is constantly evolving. With new technology, opportunities, and ideas, there is always something new to learn and integrate into your business. With the economy recovering, and people being more willing to invest, compete, and put their ideas out there, small businesses are understandably becoming a popular alternative to positions on the big corporate ladder for huge companies. Thanks to our ever evolving world inside and outside of businesses, there are always new trends to follow.
First and foremost is the security risks within a small business. It really does not matter whether a business is big or small- they are susceptible to security risks! “Cyber Attack” is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a security breach. Small businesses make the mistake of assuming they aren’t big enough to be targeted by hackers. Although it is difficult to secure a smaller business due to lack of resources, it still needs to be prioritized. According to Forbes, the first step to securing your company against cyberattacks is to understand the risks. Ask yourself: What methods are used by hackers? What are the different types of fraud schemes and threats? How do they identify points of weakness? Next, develop a strategy and security policy for your company. It should be embedded in all that you do within your business- everyone should understand it and abide by it. Teach your employees how to recognize warning signs, how to combat a breach, and how to safely operate in their day to day (ex: unique and intricate passwords). You should also never skip those updates- especially those for your antivirus software! These will help guard you against new threats. Lastly, develop a plan for if you are hacked. It is crucial to always be prepared for a worst case scenario, and to stay a step ahead of hackers.
Another trend for small businesses is the adoption and usage of the Cloud for data storage. Using the cloud is easy, low cost, and it improves a small businesses ability to access, share, and protect data. It is especially useful when they have limited capacity for managing other resources. According to smallbusinesscomputing.com, here are some of the top picks for small businesses: Dropbox, SugarSync, Box, Googledrive, Microsoft Onedrive, SpiderOak, MozyPro, Carbonite Business, Crashplan. Consider one of these options in data storage for your company!
Lastly, the trend that has nearly blown up in the last few years: mobile payments. In today’s day and age, we are all glued to our cell phones. The world is at our fingertips, so why not throw in banking and payments into the mix? With apps like PayPal, Venmo, and SquareCash, we now have the ability to pay bills, pay friends, and pay for services with the click of a button- er, tap of a smart screen! Not only is accepting mobile payments simple, they are also much quicker than traditional means of payment. You get your payment immediately, which will ultimately contribute to a quicker cash flow. It is also so convenient for your customers, and for you! You can accept credit cards anywhere, and anytime which means more opportunities to make sales. It also convenient if you are not in the office on any particular day. Sounds like a win-win to me!
Small businesses fuel this economy, and without them we would have less jobs, less innovation, and would be stuck with chain stores and corporate big businesses. Thank you, small business owners, for the richness you add to this economy and communities!