If you are running a small business, some of the most intense marketing directed at you is going to come from the tech industry. This includes pitches for everything from computers to printers, from faxes to telecom.
It’s very easy to overspend in this regard. Small businesses typically need to have flexible technology, but they don’t always need the latest, greatest thing. Here are some things that you might be spending too much money on and that you could probably cut back on without greatly affecting your profitability.
The convention used to be that every business had desks with phones on them for all of their employees. Smart businesses utilized a telecom plan, which laid out their projected needs over a given period of time and allowed them to strategically expand their services as their business grew.
In reality, today’s world is one where bringing your own device has become the norm. Many employees will be perfectly happy using their own cellular phones for doing business and, if you’re a small operation that doesn’t really rely on office space too heavily, you might be able to cut back on telecom considerably, saving a lot of money in the process.
Big, Powerful Computers
Some employees are likely to gripe that they need the biggest computer out there to do their jobs. In fact, they really might just want an impressive machine and not need something so sophisticated to do their work.
Desktop computers have gotten incredibly powerful over the previous decades. Remember that you might be able to scale back considerably on what you’re buying and extend the life of your existing tech resources by upgrading them here and there with more memory, more storage space and so forth.
This brings us to one final point, which you should seriously consider if you are running a small business.
Software as a Service
Software as a Service (SaaS) involves paying a subscription fee for commonly used software – office programs, for instance – rather than buying it out right every time a new release comes out. There are myriad advantages in doing this, but the principal one is price.
When you purchase software as a service, the vendor will tailor the pricing to how many licenses you need and will maintain the programs for you. This can cut down on your IT costs tremendously and, best of all, it means that you don’t have to buy the newest version of every piece of expensive software out there when it’s released.
Consider cutting back on tech and, rather than investing in more, investing wisely.