5 Useful Technologies for Your Small Business Toolbox


5 Useful Technologies for Your Small Business Toolbox

When you run a small business, everyone wants to sell you something. Most of the stuff you buy won’t pay you back in spades. They won’t even pay you back in dimes. Here’s where you should spend your money, if you’re looking for electronic gizmos.

Time Timer

When you do a lot of different collaborative work in the office, or if you have a lot of tasks to complete during the day, this is a time-saver, literally. It blocks out your time spent on each activity, pushing you forward so that you can meet deadlines and accomplish one goal without sacrificing another.

When an activity’s allocated time is over, the device sounds an alarm and you’re on to the next one.

Laptop Stand/Convertible Stand

Everyone is standing in the office these days, and for good reason. New research is showing that sitting all day is bad for our health, especially our heart. Laptop stand that are convertible let you stand or sit, and they’re small enough that they don’t take up a lot of space. If you spend most of your day typing, get one of these. It may save your life one day.

Scanners and Database Software

Some businesses won’t need this, but if you manipulate data and work with scannable items, you do. This asset tracking software helps you organize and sort complex datasets, track assets or anything you want to scan with a barcode.

A nice barcode scanner to go with it should be durable – 2D scanners are necessary for QR codes while linear scanners will scan simple linear barcodes.

Digital Camera

A digital camera is a great tool to keep around the office for candid shots of the employees, “behind the scenes” shots, and even pictures you might want to use in PR or on your website. A nice DSLR will set you back between $600 and $900, but you’ll probably make that back in sales if you’re using high-res photos of your products on your website.

Dayan Speed Cube

The Dayan Speed Cube is sort of like a Rubik’s cube, but without the stickers, and it’s designed for easier manipulation. It’s a fun little toy to keep around for times when you need to think about things in the office, or for when you want to chill out and bounce ideas off of other people.

Don’t underestimate the value of goofing around in the office. A 10 minute break with this thing could inspire your next million-dollar idea.

USB Headphones

Logitech makes the best headphones in this space – in fact, they tend to make the best electronic peripherals, period. If you do a lot of phone meetings, get the headphones. You won’t regret it. It’s your choice of whether you go wireless or wired. The main advantage of wireless is that you get freedom of movement at the expense of battery life (and the need for batteries).

The benefit of wired is unlimited talking at the expense of mobility. Pick your poison, but get these headphones.

Greg Williams works in a busy warehouse. He enjoys writing about his insights on the web. His articles appear mainly on business and industrial websites.