Thought of starting your own small business? Or are you already a mompreneur or blogging for a living?
Each day, a small business owner has to make multiple difficult choices on how to spend his or her limited time, energy and resources in the most optimal manner. Whether you’re running the latest hipster café in town or manning an online retail store, being at your productive best is something that’s high up on your priority list every day. The tools you use in your business, such as your PCs, tablets and smartphones, all contribute to helping you remain at the top of your game. This is especially so for all the daddy and mummy bloggers.
Want to know how you can leverage on technology to stay productive? Read on!
1. Use technology to help you work better on-the-go
Most small business owners today are extremely mobile, moving from meeting to meeting while trying to squeeze work in between. With time already at a premium, ultraportable PCs such as convertibles allow you to leverage the power of a full keyboard device for better content creation and productivity while on-the-go.
Check out the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix which combines the performance of a business Ultrabook™ with the mobility of a tablet.
2. Don’t waste time managing your PCs
As a small business owner, we know that you have bigger things to worry about than running hardware and system maintenance. However, it’s these small nitty gritty details which help your business run optimally, ensuring your point-of-sale (POS) system doesn’t malfunction and your website stays up all the time. Ensure that all your critical business programs and applications are running in the pink of health, and designate maintenance tasks such as software updates, backup, disk defragmentation, deletion of cookies or temporary Internet files to be carried out after work hours. Take your mind of maintenance and focus on the things which will help grow your business.
3. Windows 8
If you’re a longtime Windows user, have a think about upgrading to Windows 8 as it features powerful applications which will help increase productivity. Apps like Evernote help you organize everything from photos to scanned documents to Web pages, while cloud-based storage applications like Box allow you to access your documents from virtually any Windows 8 device – be it tablet or PC – and also securely share this content and collaborate via “workspaces” where users can assign tasks, post comments on specific documents and be notified about documents related to them.
4. Keep your PC running at peak performance
With limited resources, every second of your day is precious, and you don’t want to waste valuable time waiting for your PC to open a file or even worse, spend a few hours fixing a hardware or software issue. Solutions like the Lenovo Solutions Center (LSC) are designed to keep your PC running at peak performance, to improve the user and business experience. It assesses software and hardware, diagnoses issues and provides tips to fix potential problems before they impact the business and can also be used to schedule backups, create recovery media, update software and manage virus protection, firewall and passwords.
5. Networked Storage
As a business owner, you probably own more than one device – probably a combination of tablet, PC and smartphone. While these tools keep you productive on-the-go, it would be even better if you can easily access your content from any device without having to bother about transferring data via USB.
6. Charge up, move on
Another major time saver is having a laptop or PC which you can charge up in an instant before leaving the office for your day on the road. Imagine if you could charge up 80% of your laptop battery in the space of half-an-hour.
Check out the Lenovo X1. The laptop, weighing in at 1.36kg, packs a high resolution display into a highly-portable 14-inch laptop design. Optional 3G mobile broadband and hotspot technology allows you to stay connected virtually anywhere, anytime and be even more productive.
With these productivity tips, we hope you can make the best use of their time to run and grow the business. Best of luck!
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