It’s that time of year again when people set out their goals and make their promises of how to improve their lives over the next 12 months. You might have decided to hit the gym more often, or read more, or save your pennies more carefully.
But why not use 2017 to make your New Year’s resolution one that will boost the efficiency of your business? Running a business, big or small, is no easy task, but there are certain things you can do to make sure your company runs as smoothly as possible in 2017.
That’s why Syntax IT Support London is here to help you set out the perfect goals that will see your business grow and grow in the new year.
Make your business more secure
In an age of constantly evolving tech, hacking and malware are bigger threats to businesses than ever before. It’s vital that you know you are making your business as safe as possible so that you are not the next to fall victim to cybercrime.
Does your business have a member or sector of staff dedicated to IT safety? If not, this can be a useful addition. Another thing your business needs is an accurate, detailed Disaster Recovery Plan in place, should an IT catastrophe strike. A DRP that reflects the current state of your business helps avoid IT issues as well as making sure you don’t panic when something goes wrong.
Back up your files
This leads on from being more secure, but is significant enough to mention as a standalone point. It’s so important that the files, data and tech your business relies on are all backed up in case of an IT disaster. That way, you’re a lot less likely to lose the things your business needs forever.
This can be as simple as a USB, or emailing files between different devices. However, investing a cloud based software storage system will help to ensure nothing you lose is lost forever. It’s also much cheaper than cashing out on new tech, and it’s a great way to easily share files between employees – more on that below.
Going paperless is one of the quickest, easiest ways to cut down on cost – and it’s so simple to do with all the available tech. Ask yourself: do you really need to print this file? Is there another way to share it? Could you email it? Paper and ink costs continue to eat into business budgets, and there’s no reason why they should.
The cloud can help with this, too. Saving your files in the cloud means that multiple users can access files and share them amongst others, without ever having the need to print. You can even share them with different devices at the same time, removing the need for handouts in meetings for good.
Make your site mobile friendly
This is a big one, and something lots of business fail to even consider. Internet browsing has changed in the last few years, with more and more users opting to view content on the go via their smartphone or tablet, rather than through a computer screen.
This means that your site needs to be just as easy to use and attractive on the small screen as it is on the big one. Mobile traffic rose 54% last year, and that number will only grow in 2017. Make sure your content is smart, easy to navigate and concise so that your business doesn’t fall behind this growing trend.
Take the time to view your company’s website on mobile. How does it look? If you’re unhappy with the results, make it your mission to change that in 2017.