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4 Tech Investments for Your Business that Provide the Best Return

Technology is a vital aspect of business, and knowing which tools to implement can make the difference between just another expense and a true investment in your equipment and tools. Below we list four tech tools that can provide the best return on your investment. 

1. Computer Network Setup

Your computer network keeps your team connected, from their emails to file sharing. This is especially important if you’ve pivoted to a remote work setup, as your team must remain connected to the network while they work from their respective homes.

Working with a managed IT services team like TheCompuLab can help you implement a secure, robust network setup that can handle your workload and protect you from network crashes. With the right network setup, you never have to worry about unexpected downtime caused by overloads that can kill progress for hours at a time.

2. Software and Workflow Tools

Software like Microsoft Office provides your team with the ability to create documents, manage spreadsheets, and create presentations for all your projects. Workflow applications can keep your team organized and efficient. These planning tools also offer transparency to project managers so they can ensure all members are on task to meet the deadlines set.

Documenting these processes with task management tools easily beats back-and-forth emails, verbal exchanges in meetings, and any other manual tracking which can completely derail your projects. Efficiency keeps your team progressing forward, and the right tech tools can work wonders for your team’s ability to collaborate and communicate effectively.

3. Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

A good CRM like SalesForce or HubSpot accomplishes several tasks that benefit your business, including acquiring and retaining customers. Throughout your CRM, you designate the workflow required, including necessary documents, agreements, and points of contact. A CRM also collects crucial data which permits you to make substantiated decisions for financial growth.

This invaluable tool lets you filter your client list by region or other type to extract the information you need for regular marketing blasts and other high-level decisions. You can automate follow-up messages after a first-time setup, which frees up your sales team to focus on sales instead of administrative tasks.

Ultimately, a CRM helps you remain organized and create relationships with your customers, which is invaluable in the expansion of your business.

4. Online Meeting Scheduler

Set your schedule availability and let your clients choose the slot that works for them. It’s no longer required for you to “check your calendar” when a client wants to book a meeting. Simply link your Calendly or other scheduler to your email signature, and your meeting schedule becomes a breeze. An automatically updating scheduler not only improves your clients’ experience, it saves you the time of going back and forth to coordinate your schedules.

Choose the Right Tech for Your Business

With so many options and specialty tools available, you may understandably be overwhelmed or unsure of exactly which options will best benefit your business. Luckily, an experienced IT provider like TheCompuLab can help you make the very best technology decisions for your business.

We’re experienced in helping businesses optimize their IT for success. Our skilled technicians can help you develop an IT strategy that has all the right tools and processes you need for maximum efficiency, and maximum return on your investment.

With us as your managed service provider and IT partner, there’s no guesswork involved; you can trust our experience connecting businesses with technology. Contact TheCompuLab to request an IT analysis for your business today!

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Intro to Disaster Recovery Planning

Every organization always has been and will always be threatened by system outages that can tank the entire business operations flow. When you take into account the fact that downtime costs companies between $10K to $5M per hour, it’s easy to see how even a system outage lasting a few hours can be financially devastating.

The good news is, there is something you can do to minimize that risk; it’s called business disaster recovery planning.

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What to Know When Transferring Your Business to Florida

With lower taxes being the main driving force, tons of businesses have found themselves moving to “tax-friendly” states, like Florida, and the fantastic beach-front housing opportunities and warm year-round weather makes that move even better! 

Florida, in particular, because of its SALT tax method (which allows taxpayers to itemize more deductions, such as property taxes, for greater tax breaks) is a veritable safe-haven for those who are looking to ease their tax burden. Due to Coronavirus, many are being urged to relocate to Florida in numbers as high as 1,000 per day, often bringing their work with them. 

Those who are looking ahead at a business transfer to Florida can make their relocation smooth by using the following tips:

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Top IT Strategies to Grow Your Business in 2021

Business IT is an integral part of any company’s strategy. To maximize business growth and revenue, companies use technology to improve their client offerings and increase employee productivity.

To help your business reach its potential in 2021, there are some essential ways to take advantage of technology. In this post, we take a look at some of the key strategies you should use right now. 

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4 Reasons to Update Your Operating System

Updating your operating system should be a regular task for all businesses. Applying updates immediately helps to protect your business interests. Data show that only 38 percent of users update software automatically. That’s too low.

The problems from an outdated operating system include security breaches and lost productivity. The costs of that kind of scenario for a business are considerable. 

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If you’re an entrepreneur in Florida, here are some tech tips to help your enterprise grow this National Entrepreneurs Day:

National Entrepreneurs Day takes place on November 19 this year. Whether you’re a first-time business owner, looking to scale up your growing startup, or launching a new branch of your current enterprise, it’s always good to check in on your processes.

Technology is an essential part of any business, and smart entrepreneurs learn how to use it to their advantage. Florida business owners have both faced cybersecurity challenges and seen great successes as they’ve leveraged technology in their companies. 

If you’re an entrepreneur in Florida, here are some tech tips to help your enterprise grow this National Entrepreneurs Day:

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What Is Digital Transformation?

When executives think about digital transformation, they typically imagine that it means “going paperless” or building some sort of dashboard to monitor existing operations.

But that more basic idea is actually only digitization, which involves shifting from analog to digital. Digital transformation, on the other hand, goes well beyond this idea. It involves leveraging the existing technology and building operations on top of it, instead of squeezing innovations into the current business model. 

Digital transformation affects every part of the customer’s experience. Transforming your company means that interacting with your enterprise should feel fundamentally different. 

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Why Your Small Business Needs High-Quality IT Services

If you’re a small business owner, you already have a lot on your plate. Between wearing the many hats of management, design, and finding and reaching your target audience, you already have a hand in every area of the business. The last thing you need is IT service problems causing you headaches. 

To prevent this problem, many small businesses partner with a managed service provider (MSP), a subscription based IT service that handles day-to-day network management so you can focus on your other priorities. 

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Why Businesses Are Switching to Microsoft’s Modern Desktop

In the age of remote work, people are looking to simplify their IT. In line with this desire to simplify, Microsoft rebranded Office 365 to be called Microsoft 365 in April of this year. Microsoft’s Modern Desktop is essentially what runs these apps and other Microsoft tools from Windows 10. Modern Desktop keeps systems more secure and more easily manageable.

Running your business using the Windows 10 operating system Microsoft 365 on the cloud can improve cost, productivity, and security, in addition to the many other benefits businesses gain from using Microsoft’s productivity tools and systems.

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How Does Microsoft Teams Work?

As remote work continues as the current business norm, Microsoft Teams has become one of the most-used business tools in recent months. It had over 75 million daily users in April 2020, and it has likely gained even more in the months since.

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app that helps professional teams stay organized and communicate remotely. It includes channels that can be used for on-the-spot meetings, to share files, and numerous other processes. If you haven’t started using it yet, here are some basics to know.

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