Boost your small business with these IT projects

You want your small business to grow in 2013. You have dreams of reaching new revenue records and increasing your staff. You would perhaps love to add new locations. But how will you achieve this growth? You might consider taking a look at IT. Taking on the right tech projects could make your small business more efficient and provide your employees with the tools they need to snag more customers and sell more products. Listed here are three IT projects recommended by the Small Business website that can increase your business’ bottom line this year.

Bring Wi-Fi to your business

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

Invest in Ultrabooks

Your workers ought to be equipped with their own laptops. With these devices they can work from hotel rooms when they are traveling and run presentations in front of interested potential customers. But you need to make sure that your staff are using laptops that are both portable and powerful. That’s where Ultrabooks come in. They’re not overly expensive, however they do load programs and boot up significantly faster than do Netbooks. And they’re much easier to tote around than are traditional laptop computers. Give your employees the tools they need to be productive; invest in new Ultrabooks this year.

Wipe out Windows XP

Windows XP is a solid operating system, especially compared with the universally unloved Vista. But Windows XP’s time has come and gone. Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for the 10-year-old operating system come April of 2014. And the company will stop sending security updates for the system at that time, too. This means that it’s time for you to upgrade any machine that is still running this operating system. Upgrade instead to Windows 7; it’s one of Microsoft’s more popular operating systems.

Posted on: 07.18.14