Technology is a powerful tool for small businesses, but many companies fail to fully utilize the tech tools available to them. As a small business owner, you’re responsible for everything from research and development to marketing and sales. It’s easy to let IT fall to the wayside if it isn’t your specialty. However, smart technology has the potential to improve nearly every aspect of operations. Make sure you’re not making these common business mistakes.
Failing to Plan for Turnover
Employee turnover is inevitable in any business. Unfortunately, many small businesses fail to plan for continuity. Preparing for turnover is particularly critical as it pertains to technology. If your IT manager leaves and you don’t have proper records for domain registration, you could find your website facing a prolonged downtime while you try to catch up with an overdue renewal.
Another troublesome scenario can occur if employee access to company software isn’t promptly revoked when they leave. Make sure you keep meticulous records detailing who has access to your technology systems and information so you can execute seamless transitions during turnover.
Lax Cloud Security
The cloud is a powerful tool for backing up, storing, and protecting information. However, it’s not without its pitfalls. Cloud security should be a top concern for any small business. Implement strong access controls for all your data. Maintain a limited number of admins and co-admins and make everyone else a managed user in your system. Keep a watchful eye to assess who’s accessing what data, and restrict access anywhere it’s not necessary to keep your information safe.
Lack of a BYOD Policy
Allowing employees to use their personal devices to access company data is a popular way for businesses to say money on technology. Companies no longer need to hand out company smartphones to make sure their workers have mobile access. With BYOD, workers simply use their own tech for both personal and business use.
While 70 to 80 percent of employees use a personal device for professional purposes, it is estimate that less than 40 percent of companies maintain a formal BYOD policy. This dangerous oversight can expose sensitive data to hackers who accurately see these personal devices as a weak link in your security. Make sure you’re regulating all BYOD activities to protect your data.
No Telecommuting Support
Telecommuting jobs are increasing in popularity as technology offers fresh ways for employees to increase their productivity as they work from home. If your small business doesn’t offer telecommuting options, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to slash both your expenses and those of your employees.
Telecommuters don’t require an on-site workspace or computer, which will allow you to operate out of a smaller space. Meanwhile, your employees enjoy fewer transportation, dry cleaning, and dining costs. Take advantage of cloud computing, video conferencing, and other tech solutions to allow your employees to work remotely.
Utilize the latest technology to its fullest potential and you can improve operations, expenses, and security. Don’t fall for these easy pitfalls. Put today’s tech to work for you.