The concept of co-working and shared office space is not the only revolution of the traditional office. Technology has changed the face of the office for years. For example, the computer completely reorganized every office and the smart phone is now a must have for everyone who works. As frustrating as technology can be sometimes when it does not work properly, the right technology can help with increased efficiently, manage expenses and improve performance. According to SMB Group’s 2015 SMB Routes to Market Study (PDF), 29 percent of all small businesses view technology as helping them to improve outcomes significantly. Here are some highlighted options to streamline your office with the latest gadgets and technology trends.
Mobile applications have made great strides in the last few years and quickly became indispensable to businesses of all sizes. The statistics on mobile traffic to main websites continues to grow and if your business does not have a mobile friendly website, you will be left in the dark. In addition, collecting payments for your business via mobile devices is cost friendly and convenient.
Cloud Based Software
Business are getting away from the use of on-premises software and hardware and heading toward the cloud. Cloud-based solutions offer greater scalability, security, efficiency, and flexibility regarding access than their on premise counterparts. For more information on making this move in 2017, read this article “Thinking About Migrating Your Business to the Cloud? Consider This Checklist First”
Gadgets for the Desk
For those of us that spend a lot of time working from a desk why not make it as painless as possible with the latest tech gadgets? Here is a list of gadgets that will add a little more pleasure and/or utility to your typical office space.
- External Hard Drive – If you have anything of value on your computer, you need to back it up. A hefty external hard drive will help you prepare for the worse. There many options out there so finding one in your price range and specs for your needs will be easy.
- Mobile Device Stand – If you want to use your phone or tablet as a second screen at your desk, be it to stream video or obsessively watch for notifications, a sturdy little stand will make life easier.
- Mechanical Keyboard – For those of use that type fast a typical keyboard sometimes just won’t’ cut it. We appreciate the faster, “clickier” feel of a good mechanical keyboard. Finding one that makes your time at a computer more enjoyable will be a good investment.
- Space Heater – While not explicitly for your desk, a space heater can help your home office (or any office) stay nice and toasty when the weather takes a turn for the chilly. With your own little heater, you will not warm up co-workers.