Technological advancements are all around us. Not only is the equipment (smartphones, tablets, and laptops) sleeker and more compact, the capabilities are amazing. Towns send alerts about traffic accidents and severe weather conditions to cell phones. Physicians confirm appointments through emails and texts. And social media outlets provide family and friends connectivity faster than ever.
Most of us don’t even think about how technology assists with our small business workload, making our daily operations run quickly and efficiently. It’s just there when you turn it on and go about your day, utilizing your keyboards and touch screens for various tasks.
Until they don’t work.
I recently purchased a new laptop – after nursing along an older model for several years. While the premise is the still the same – the keyboard hasn’t changed and Internet is quickly available – the software is eye opening. Not only do I have to relearn where everything is on my desktop, there are numerous necessary apps to understand and perhaps, most time consuming, different steps to take for even the simplest tasks.
Until a few days ago, I considered myself tech savvy.
What I have learned is how much of our work world depends on technology. As small business owners, we need to stay up-to-date on software programs. And now, well, I’ve found the tech learning curve proving to be a little steep. It’s all doable, just time consuming to get up-to-speed.
If you utilize a computer for your business, whether it’s an Excel program for spreadsheets, social media apps to promote your business, or just Word documents to draft letters and forms, keep current on the technology available. Carve out time in your busy schedule and read up on the latest software updates, learn about up-to-date apps, and see what’s out there. Your local library may even have courses to assist with the newest advancements.
If technology is beyond your capability, deputize an employee to stay aware of the latest technology news, because it’s changing rapidly, whether we realize it or not. And let this cautionary tale be just that for your small business.
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