When’s the last time your office had an upgrade? Making upgrades doesn’t have to be expensive and complicated and the returns you gain in productivity, efficiency, and even employee satisfaction make the effort well worth it. Upgrades help your business stay on top of rapidly changing technology and help you accomplish more without expanding your operation. Here are four simple office upgrades you should tackle in 2017:
1. Digital Printer/ Copier Center
Still hobbling along with an inkjet printer and a single page scanner? Step out of the stone age and jump into 2017! Your business needs a great digital printer/copier center. You’ll save money by printing marketing materials and forms in house.
You can quickly scan in records for easy digital storage without having to wait for each individual page to slow poke its way through your single page scanner. The best part is that you can find gently used digital printing equipment online at sites like JJ Bender for a fraction of the cost of buying new. You’ll save money on depreciation when you buy used and still get to take advantage of great name-brand equipment.
2. Cloud Based Collaborative Office Suite
In our increasingly mobile and global economy, your business shouldn’t be tied down to a single location, weighed down by flash drives and email, or bound to the confusion of poor collaborative software. That’s where a great cloud-based office suite comes in! Microsoft is not the end all, be all of office suites today either! Utilizing Google’s Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides is a great way to build collaborative projects from anywhere! Google offers a free, easy to use option that even the smallest startup can afford!
3. Multiple Monitors
Did you know that using multiple monitors improves productivity and improves user satisfaction? With the ability to streamline multitasking and spend less time toggling between windows, your employees will be able to accomplish more and even reduce eyestrain through the use of multiple monitors. The best part is that this is another equipment upgrade you can make more affordable by purchasing used rather than brand new! Dell even offers refurbished monitors for as little as $49.00 each! It’s a small investment that will bring a drastic payoff for your business at the end of the day.
4. Embrace the Cloud
Maintaining your own storage solution is a thing of the past. Not only is it expensive and inconvenient, but it also has an increased security risk that cloud solutions are better able to mitigate for small businesses. By making the switch to the cloud, you also enable your employees to work from anywhere and provide more flexibility for collaborating! Dropbox, Box and SugarSync are robust options that are also cost efficient for small businesses at the same time.
So, what are you waiting for? Take your business to the next level this year by tackling one of these simple upgrades! When 2018 rolls around, you’ll be happy you took the leap!