Make Your Business a Smart Business with These Tech Upgrades

The digital age is affecting everything nowadays. As the world evolves, technology evolves into things even The Terminator didn’t see coming.

Billionaires are getting shot into space, cars now drive themselves, and on the surface level there are a lot more technological advancements making everyday life a lot easier. 

The advice for any business is that they have to adapt to the times to survive, and that goes for technology too.

With homes now becoming “smart homes” and even cities becoming “smart cities”, can your business really afford to lag behind? 

A lot of these upgrades are small changes that make a big difference.

They are all designed to make your day-to-day tasks easier, allowing you to focus on the business aspects that light a fire in your belly.

Read on for our list of the most useful tech advancements for businesses.

Helpful Platforms

There is a wealth of business-aimed software on the internet, allowing you to reduce, or outright automate, the daily and tedious tasks that need done for your business to function. 

For example, Trello is invaluable for employee productivity. There will be no need for your staff to check in with you every time something is done when a platform is keeping track of who is doing what from the start of the workweek.

Simply create a checklist of tasks for your employees to work through and watch them work.

You can be assured that the work is distributed evenly across all the staff members and that everything that needs done gets done. Use it for big projects or daily work. 

If you like to keep your staff motivated with benefits, you can download Zest. Zest allows you to manage and distribute benefits and bonuses as you see fit.

From the one control panel you can withdraw benefits if someone leaves or they have no need for them, assign benefits as you see fit, and distribute bonuses if you feel someone has done a good job.

You will promote loyalty to the company with benefits and productivity by giving your staff a goal to work towards with bonuses.

For companies that are involved in ecommerce, you will need to think about packaging.

It is often forgotten in favor of perfecting the product and then marketing it, but your product eventually needs to get to the customer.

Blueprint Automation allows you to design and control the packaging of your products from start to finish.

They offer a range of shapes to use and allow you to control how they are contained and in what container before they are shipped off. 

Phone Systems

Any modern business will need a reliable phone system to function. Not only will you need to make calls, but video calls have been widely embraced by every industry.

There is something about speaking face to face that puts us all at ease. 

With a reliable phone system, you can keep communication with any staff members that are working from home, or travelling for work, and you can host meetings with clients without the need for the long commute.

You might not think you need it at first, but when your employee is snowed in or on a train back from a networking event, they can keep working over the internet.

That is another perk of the platform: there is no need for a landline.

Using an online phone system like Open Phone, will save you the hefty cost of keeping up a landline since everything is done over the internet. 

With OpenPhone, you can assign a toll-free phone number to as many employees as you wish and use the auto-attendant to direct calls where they are supposed to go, saving you time wasted on saying, “No, you’re looking for Debbie.

I’ll put you through” ten times a day.

Security Systems

Smart technology is taking over, but never is it more prevalent than in security.

Smart card readers are popping up all over business premises to ensure everything is as it should be, and to keep a record of when it isn’t. 

The superiority of smart cards is that they contain data, so they keep an automated paper trail of wherever it’s been.

You can assign an employee a smart card as a staff ID, storing all the details of the employee, no less, and assign them access to wherever you deem appropriate.

If, for example, you have a new hire working in the warehouse, but they shouldn’t have access to the tills, you can change where their ID allows them to go on the fly. 

Plus, no doubt you have seen the uptake in security systems like the Ring doorbell.

It isn’t just used by people to keep an eye on their Amazon packages, but systems like it allow businesses to keep an eye on their premises.

Not only do you have the camera watching the area, fed right into your phone but the remote controls allow you to drop the security if you see that Debbie has left her purse inside again, all from your phone. 

Payment Systems

Smart cards can also be seen taking over payment systems. Contactless payment systems are quickly popping up all over the high street, with even your local newsagents pinning signs that say, “card only”.

Given the problems of the past two years, it makes sense that no one is looking to handle germ-infested notes and coins, and instead are opting for the contactless system, which allows customers to use their smart card or phone to pay by just hovering over a reader.

The new contactless system offers a lot of perks for business too.

Queues will decrease will such swift payment methods, and the end-to-end encryption of contactless payment gives it an extra layer of security and offer an instant paper trail of transactions which can make disputes easier to challenge. 

Smart cards can also be used by businesses as membership or loyalty cards.

Hand them out to customers and offer a bonus when they use it a certain amount of times, like buy 10 coffees and get one free. 

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My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 8 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant. In my spare time I dabble in crypto and various types of automation.
Jonathon Spire

Jonathon Spire

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My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 7 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant.

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Jonathon Spire

I blog about a range of tech topics.

For the last 7 years I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant, so I write about those the most.

Full transparency: I do review a lot of services and I try to do it as objectively as possible; I give honest feedback and only promote services I believe truly work (for which I may or may not receive a commission) – if you are a service owner and you think I have made a mistake then please let me know in the comments section.

– Jon