SMART TECH FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Updated: Oct 19



I’m going to say this a bit… Lockdown Sucks. And my favourite piece of modern technology and wizardry to help? Is the vaccine. So, step 1, get vaccinated and do your part to help small business open up and keep your community safe.

Outside of that, there are some positive things you can do to supercharge your business using tech.

LOOK AT USING ALL THE FEATURES OF CURRENT SOFTWARE AND TECH – NOT JUST THE BASICS!

Most of us purchase apps and software to fix our specific need at the time, the tech equivalent to “survival mode” but now we have a little more time in lockdown we can shift our thinking to thrive mode.

Most apps and tech will solve your basic need, but if you take the time to delve deeper and explore, you can usually find a few more features that can help your business, or even find ways to connect all your apps for ultimate automation, and domination!

Accounting software is a great example, most of us just use it for invoicing and expenses then palm it off to the accountant at tax time. But most of the major accounting software has so many more time saving features and they are often found in the software’s app store.

Xero, MYOB, and Quickbooks all have these ‘app stores’ and have the added bonus of being super easy to use.

Heaps of handy little add-on that save time, increase accuracy, and ultimately save you energy and cash!

My top tips are finding an add-on app that enables you to take a photo of receipts rather than manually entering them, just like Dext (previously Receiptbank). Let the AI do the work in reading your receipt, converting the info to text, then putting it in your accounting software and storing the photo… and best of all you can ditch the receipt!

The other epic accounting add on is the logbook apps… similar to the receipt, there’s a few ways you can track your vehicle’s kilometres and have it auto upload to your accounting software ready for tax time. Some of these apps work based on the GPS in your phone, like Driversnote or have the option to purchase a beacon to sit in your car, like GOFAR. Just be sure to check they are ATO compliant.

It’s worth exploring your accounting software’s app store to see if there’s any little treasures to help your business!

USE TECH TO CONNECT WITH CUSTOMERS IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.

How often do you watch the presser announcing a lockdown or lockdown extension, then look at your phone only to find an email from every business you ever set foot in over the last 10 years.

In some ways, email has lost much of its meaning in isolation. Now it’s all about relationships.

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