How do Savy Entrepreneurs Harness Technology to its Full Potential?
Using Technology to Build Successful Startups
By Robert Rayford, Contributing Writer
The power of technology is allowing more entrepreneurs than ever before to follow their dreams and begin their own business ventures. While many examples of technology are ‘there for the taking,’ the best entrepreneurs understand that there is a lot more to using it than just buying a product or downloading an application to a mobile device.
We explored the ways in which smart entrepreneurs harness technology to its full potential, creating additional opportunities for their business and making their lives easier in the process.
Until you understand the role technology can play in your business, you will be unable to use it correctly.
Just because something ranks highly on the iTunes store under the ‘Business’ banner, or was reviewed favorably by the New York Times, doesn’t automatically mean it is going to be the right tool for you.
[pullquote]Most technology products are purchased to do a job instead of an employee. To this end, to get the most out of your investments, you should treat them like you would an employee who works for you.[/pullquote]One great place to start is to list all of the tasks you need to do in order to run your business effectively. From this point, you can begin to search for technology products, whether this be a software program, a smartphone, a mobile app, or something else, that will help you to manage your business. Importantly, it will save you from investing in things you don’t need, but looked like a good idea owing to the hype, bows, and ribbons that came attached.
Once you’ve got the technology, how, as a savvy entrepreneur, do you use it?
Getting the Work Done
Most technology products are purchased to do a job instead of an employee. To this end, to get the most out of your investments, you should treat them like you would an employee who works for you.
Question everything about every aspect of your new technology.
What does it do?
What are its objectives? Is it meeting them?
Could I get the job done cheaper, or to a higher standard, elsewhere?
Does it make my life easier?
Those are just the ones to ask to get started. It is a difficult mind set to get into, but once you reach a point of thinking ‘is everything working as hard as it can for me,’ you will have reached a very powerful stage in your entrepreneurial career.
How to Use Technology
Entrepreneurs should seek to use technology to allow them to focus on what they are good at, be that designing, selling, or something else.
Used correctly, there are enough technology products available to allow a whole business to operate in the background, while you concentrate on doing what you do best, which ultimately generates revenues for your business.
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