If you do not know much about technology, you might feel confused about what you need for your business. Some kinds of technology help small businesses more than others. When you use these technologies, it will be easier to keep up with larger stores. These technologies are often simple to use and affordable.
Affordable Cloud Phone Service
When we talk about “the cloud” in technology, it means a service that works using the internet. A cloud phone service sends your phone calls using the internet instead of a phone line. Using a cloud phone costs less than a traditional phone and lets you place calls all across the world.
Utilize Your Email!
It costs zero money to get an email address. Customers can send messages to your inbox when they cannot make a phone call. You can use your email address to send official company newsletters to your customers and notify them about new products and sales.
Website or Social Media
Many people search the internet to learn more about a business. When you make a website or social media for your business, potential customers can find the information they need. There are online services that allow you to create your own website for free without any coding. Creating a social media page is even easier, and can be a great way to stir up grassroots interest in your business. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are all important social media channels to consider.
A security system helps you keep thieves away. You can buy a security camera or alarm for an affordable price. To further deter would-be thieves, put a sign up to let customers know that the area is being watched by cameras or that the store is protected by your security company.
Time clock software tracks the time that you and your employees spend at work. A POS system can effectively track your cashiers’ shifts in addition to monitoring the sales that were made during each cashier’s shift.
There are mobile applications that can help you manage your business and interact with customers. You can find an application for almost any purpose. For example, wholesale distributors have mobile applications that allow you to quickly order more inventory by scanning the barcodes of the items you need to re-order. Some POS companies have mobile applications that allow you to track your store’s daily sales and monitor your business from anywhere.
Inventory Management Tools
It’s very valuable to be able to track your store inventory. A store owner needs to know which products sell best, which products are running low and need to be re-ordered, and which slow-selling products not to order again. Keeping track of your inventory is easy with inventory management software. A Point of Sale device tracks every item sold in your store and can alert you when items are running low. You’ll never have to worry about running out of items and being caught by surprise.
Modern Payment Methods
If you only take cash, customers who do not have cash cannot buy anything from you. When you take modern payment methods like cards, you get more business. Some credit card readers can even accept payments directly from mobile phones.
Point of Sale (POS) System
A point of sale (POS) system works like an assistant for your business. POS systems help you ring up customers, track your inventory and much more. Our POS+ system has many features and an affordable price for small businesses. Learn more about how this technology can upgrade your business when you request a quote, or buy it today!