Utilizing technology when setting up your startup has never been easier. With hundreds of new tools and gadgets emerging all of the time, there is so much out there to support new business and get them ahead of the curve if competitors aren’t as in the know. Here are just a few ways you can utilize technology for your startup to see real startup success.
Business Startup Success Guide
Stay Secure Straight Away
Those who use your services want to know that you offer a secure payment system or service and are a trustworthy business so look into investment in security online. Whether you use a cloud based service or purpose built portal to host documents and store data, encryption software and password security is an absolute must when you are just starting out.
Source Ready Made Templates Online
There are a wealth of templates and ready made forms online to access, download and print to make use of tech and your job easier as a start up. 1099 tax form kits, for example, are available and can save a great deal of time and minimise human error – making those first few months as a start up as easy as possible.
Social media is changing the way we interact with customers as well as offering opportunity when it comes to marketing our brand.
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram are the main contenders when it comes to sharing content and engaging with people you want to sell to. While platforms such as Snapchat can also support your first marketing campaign.
Understand Where you Need Help
Soon after setting up, look at what areas of your business need improvement. Are you struggling to manage time effectively? Are you having issues accessing documents or finding files quickly and easily? A project management system is an example of innovative tech that can support your startup, leading to success later.
POS that Works for you
Your POS needs to be tailored to your business’s individual needs and there are a variety of options available out there. Some offer inventory management as standard, others include features such as customer management and analytic tracking. Whatever your needs, shop around before choosing the one you assign to your startup. This article from Shopify goes into this in more detail.
Take Advantage of the Cloud
Storage is important, when it comes to data and documents and as many of us ditch paper altogether we need a secure solution. This is why sourcing a good cloud storage solution is best before you open shop – Google Drive, Dropbox and Onedrive are all examples of online storage solutions you could look into. You will usually enjoy a free amount of space at first and can then pay to increase this as and when needed.
Taking on all of these tech solutions may help your startup see true success as you are supported from all sides. Before you start selling or offering a service, ensure you have considered all of these solutions and applied them to your business if they are needed. Good luck with your startup!