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4 Ways to Bring Your Business into the 21st Century

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Businesses and their processes should always be evolving, and that includes making sure that they’re not living in the dark ages. Here are four ways to ensure that your business remains relevant to the standard of today.

  1. Embrace Helpful Software

You may be fully comfortable doing a specific process the way you have always done it, but evolving software and technology exist to make your job a whole lot easier. It means any software which can be utilised to save time and money should always be integrated.

HR software such as XCD exists to offer a user-friendly all-in-one system for HR tasks and processes. Its software such as this that your business should be embracing if it wishes to remain up to speed and manage a high volume of data processing.

  1. Use Smart Devices and Technology

Your consumers and target market will more than likely be using smart devices and technology, so why shouldn’t you? You need to maintain the same level at all times. If your consumers prefer video chat, for example, you need to ensure you have the technology to incorporate that.

Smart devices within a business also ensure seamless communication between all devices and individuals, making business running more efficient and certain tasks a whole lot easier. If your business is not incorporating the latest technology, then it is falling behind.

  1. Be Aware of Trends and Consumer Preferences

A high number of business owners who have been doing what they do for years often settle into the comfort of what they have always done, and traditional methods of doing business. While that may have worked when you first set up your company 20 years ago, it’s important to be aware of how changing business methods can influence (and improve) the way you do business. You may have always preferred a quick phone call to clients and consumers, but most individuals these days much prefer electronic contact where they can avoid speaking to a human at all costs.

By taking the time to analyse your target market and seeing how they best prefer to be communicated with, how they prefer to purchase products and services and their general behaviours, you can tailor your business strategy towards them.

  1. Use an Online Back-Up System

Dusty, oversized filing cabinets are a thing of the past. You may wish to still keep a hard copy of all relevant records (and this is advised if the information requires a hard copy), but you shouldn’t make hard copy filing your one and only filing system. This can make it a difficult and lengthy process to find a certain piece of information you need – especially if, due to human error, somebody has filed it wrong.

A substantial online system with a variety of backups is always advised, whether you want to pair this with a hard-copy system or not. If hard copy is your only filing database, imagine how much information you would lose in the event of a disaster such as an office fire, with no online backup data.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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