Thinking about starting your own business this year? Is this the year you take control of your income and build your own means of income generation? Even if you have no idea how to begin, technology has made it so much easier to start and run a business. Here are some great gadgets, gizmos and devices that will make your job easier. They may even make your business more successful.
Business Plan Software
Planning out the business you want to start makes sense. It will also be required should you seek funding. You will be glad you spent the time to write it out, as it will clarify the steps you wish to take in your business. It will help you set your business goals and the steps to reach those goals. Programs like LivePlan will walk you through the steps. According to their website writers, it is packed with easy-to-follow instructions. It has over 500 business plan samples and helpful advice. The software walks you through each step of creating a business plan. When you are finished with the plan, it will even help with the steps you need to take after the business plan is written.
Point of Sale Device
Taking payment from your customer is vital to your business. Giving your customers multiple payment options makes for very happy customers. The writers of Inc.com like a new POS device by PaySaber, “This handheld card swipe reader, which weighs just a hair over 13 ounces, includes a barcode reader and a thermal printer for printing out receipts.
You snap your iPhone into the slot and download the apps that create a secure connection to the PaySaber site.” You’ll need to compare plans and the various charges that will be incurred. Just as there are different companies that offer POS devices, there are a multitude of plans. Each charges a different amount and offers different benefits. You’ll have to see which company and which plan offers the best options for your business.
Track Spending and Income
There are many different budgeting software programs available. There are also many, many apps. Though the majority are designed to be used by households, they can also be used by small businesses. But, before you can track your spending, you need to have some money to spend. You should consider whether you need to apply for a loan.
According to Imperial Advance, “On the whole, more small businesses are starting to see their access to capital increase as borrowing conditions have been gradually improving. While the numbers continue to fluctuate the outlook is still optimistic and even bad credit business loans are available for business owners.” It is easier than ever to get a small business loan. The funds are there if you need them.
Whether you are a first time business owner or have owned businesses all of your adult life, you can find ways to improve your business life with technology. You can plan and implement, gather payment, and then track how you spend that income. Now is a great time to let technology help you start a business.