I am teaming up with Microsoft* to put out a series of small business success tips to help your business grow.
Microsoft, like me, is dedicated to helping small business owners succeed, so we wanted to give you some concrete tips to aid in the process, during this week focused on the backbone of the global economy.
But, like with anything else, it’s not just enough to read the tips, you have toimplement them, so I hope you will follow along on Twitter on the hashtag #WinInBiz to see some of my best advice, and make a plan to incorporate the suggestions into your business immediately.
In addition to those tweets, here are 5 tips related to tech shifts and changes that you can make to help your business be even more successful.
1. Upgrade Your Technology
Have you been putting off upgrading to Windows 10? Are you using devices that are slow and out of date? Have you moved to the cloud? Make sure that your tech solutions are current so that they are helping vs. holding back your business. While this may seem like a distraction or a challenge, investing in technology can provide tremendous returns for your business in the future.
2. Reset Your Email Rules
Email is a huge time suck for entrepreneurs, so set some email rules. Use the “delay delivery” option in Microsoft Outlook, for example, to send replies when a counter-reply won’t interrupt your workday. Unsubscribe to newsletters you don’t read. Only check a few times per day. Setting up a new email strategy will give you more time for more important business endeavors.
3. Improve Productivity with Tech & Systems
Take time to sit with your employees and ask what part of their work could be better automated with technology—or updated technology—and more efficient systems. If they are spending too much time on manual and repetitive tasks, a small investment could mean a serious productivity payday. You may even be able to use Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, to help you automate certain repetitive tasks!
4. Invest in the Cloud