Starting a new business can be a very exciting venture. Not only may you finally be seeing your dreams start to become real, but you’re embarking on a very exciting journey. Whether you decide to go for it straight away or spend a few years working on your own at home, at some point you’re probably going to want to open your own office. But, to do that, you’re going to need to get some must-have tech. So of the basic things you'll need to have include laptops (though some startups have adopted a bring your own) attitude, and a website.
Here are a few things that may benefit your new office.
When you first start working at home, you will often have access to your home wifi internet. Even if you head out to work at different coffee shops, you will find that you can work from just about wherever. However, when you first set up your office, it’s unlikely that wifi will be up and running ready for you to use. Unless you’re starting out at a co-working space, there is a good chance you’re going to need to up the ante and get some powerful wifi so your team doesn't struggle with connectivity issues.
You’re also going to want to make sure that you have cell phones for any staff you have, as well as for yourself. Office phones can be useful too, but a lot of the time, you may need to get hold of your team when they are on the road or out at meetings, making cell phones essential to your business.
If you choose to get smartphones, you can also work from your phone too.
Next up, to help get your projects underway, you might want to think about using a project management software or application. Even though you may have emailed work to staff before, or relied upon email conversation to keep up to date with what’s going on, it can be a very long-winded way of staying in touch. Instead, using a project management program, like Trello, can mean that you keep all of your work and assignments in one place and can see how everything is coming along.
Along with ensuring that you know where all of your projects are at, you may need to communicate with your staff, contractors, clients, or partners throughout the working day too. Sometimes, it’s not that simple to do with a project management software. Instead, you might want to think about using one of the workplace chat apps that can allow you to be in direct contact with your team.
Then, of course, there’s also the software that you need to be able to do your work on. Although Microsoft Office has long been the favorite, there are lots of other document suits that may work better for you.
For example, Google Docs offers the same level of work, but you can access everything online, rather than through a piece of software.
What are some of the first tech items you sought out when starting your company? Tell us in the comment section below.
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