Boost your small business with these IT projects

Boost your small business with these IT projects

<p>You want your small business to grow in 2013. You have dreams of reaching new revenue records and increasing your staff. You would even like to add new locations. But how do you achieve this growth? You might think about taking a look at IT. Taking on the right tech projects could make your small business more efficient and supply your employees with the tools they need to snag more clients and sell more products. Here are three IT projects recommended by the Small Business Computing.com website that could add to your business&rsquo; bottom line this year.</p> <p><strong>Bring Wi-Fi to your business</strong></p> <p>A growing number of businesses allow their workers to bring their own electronic devices &ndash; everything from laptops to tablets &ndash; to their cubicles. The thinking behind this movement: When employees work on laptops and tablets that they know well, they work more proficiently. But allowing your employees to participate in the bring-your-own-device movement doesn&rsquo;t mean very much if your office isn&rsquo;t equipped with a reliable Wi-Fi network that enables your workers to access the Web, send e-mail and post to social media sites while at their desks. Make setting up a powerful Wi-Fi network in your office a priority for 2013.</p> <p><strong>Invest in Ultrabooks</strong></p> <p>Your employees should be equipped with their own laptops. Using these devices they can work from hotel rooms when they're traveling and run presentations in front of interested potential customers. But you need to make sure that your employees are using laptops which are both portable and powerful. That&rsquo;s where Ultrabooks come in. They&rsquo;re not overly expensive, but they load programs and boot up significantly faster than do Netbooks. And they&rsquo;re easier to tote around than are traditional laptops. Provide your employees the tools they need to be successful; invest in new Ultrabooks this year.</p> <p><strong>No more Windows XP</strong></p> <p>A surprising number of businesses still have computers running the Windows XP . This is inefficient. To begin with, Microsoft will no longer support this 10-year-old operating system as of April 8, 2014. Which means that Microsoft will no longer be sending out monthly security updates for the software. In addition, newer versions of the Windows operating system, especially Windows 7, are simply more efficient. Give your employees a better chance of completing their projects faster — upgrade from Windows XP.</p>