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7 Ways Technology Saves Money by Jeff Wuorio reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Center
Every small business owner knows that new technology can be pricey. But technology can also pay in the form of significant savings-particularly over the long haul.
Savings from technology isn't just a matter of plugging in a new gizmo and watching the cash roll in. You have to evaluate your priorities and choose the right technology that meets your operating and budgetary requirements. With that approach in mind, here are seven ways that technology can save your small business money:
1. Cut down on paper use. Not only is excessive printing expensive, it's a needless waste of a valuable natural resource. To cut down on printing costs, Andre Preoteasa, IT director at Castle Brands, a New York City importer of premium spirits, suggests investing in a duplex printer: "It can print on both sides of the page-you cut your paper use in half, thus half the cost. It's particularly valuable when printing draft documents."
Laptop or Desktop: Which One is Right For You? reprinted with permission from HP
In the not-so-distant past, the choice between a desktop and a laptop computer was simple: do you want portability, or not? There were a few other clear-cut differences, too. Desktop models offered more power and features and were less expensive, while laptops were portable, but also more costly, and less ergonomic.
While some of these differences remain, advances in technology make many of them insignificant. Laptop prices have fallen, and the machines now offer even more power and features. Desktop models are less bulky than they used to be, and with the proliferation of devices like USBs, portability of data is not such a big issue. So how do you choose?
Here are a few points to consider.
What’s your workspace like? Space is a big factor to consider. If you have limited space on your desk or workplace, you might consider a business laptop that can easily be put away to make room for other items. Otherwise, you could look into the smaller form factor desktop PCs and a flat screen monitor in order to conserve space.
Where do you use a computer most often, and what do you use it for? If you use a computer mainly for word processing and Internet purposes, a laptop might be a practical choice when travelling. However, hard-core gamers, video editors or graphic designers may require additional memory and storage, which could in turn potentially increase the cost and the weight of a laptop PC – so much so, that it may no longer be practical to lug it around. In that case, you might as well purchase a desktop computer or workstation which you can cost-effectively and easily equip and add on to, without worrying about weight.
The Tale of Two Dogs A reminder about the benefits of positive reinforcement Used with permission of Joel H. Weldon & Associates, Inc. http://www.SuccessComesInCans.com
As a first time dog owner, he failed. He would call, “Ginger!” but Ginger wouldn’t respond. She continued wandering and sniffing bushes, as dogs are wont to do, and only return when she wanted to, which was neither soon nor quick enough to suit him. And when she did come back, he was furious. He would grab her collar, shake her and yell, “BAD dog! You come when I call!” But she gradually became even less inclined to respond and he grew more frustrated, until one day he left the dog on a friend’s farm where she could run free.
Enter dog number two—Dusty. By now our friend, the misguided dog-lover, had matured such that he remained calm even when Dusty ignored his commands. He just waited until Dusty did respond, then he lavished praise and affection upon her. He would hug her and pat her and say, “GOOD dog, Dusty!” Thus Dusty quickly learned that being obedient was a pleasant experience, and she became an exceptionally obedient dog, which made her master a happy dog-owner. The difference? It wasn’t the dogs.