There’s a lot you can say about technology, and indeed, many people aren’t shy to put forward their opinion. There are those who think that its reach extends too far and that we should be wary about implementing technology throughout all sections of society. And they have a point. But it’s also true that like it or not, technology has improved the quality of people’s lives. If you’re a business owner, then you should be forever grateful for living in the digital age, because it’s made just about everything to do with running an enterprise all the more straightforward. Below, we take a look at a few ways that the world of business has benefitted from the gadgets and software thought up by the computer wizards.
There’s a myth that’s often perpetuated by entrepreneurs and the people who follow them. It’s the idea that they’re self-made, that they brought the company into being by themselves. This is rarely, if ever, the case. Building a successful company involves collaboration and sharing ideas, so much so that studies have shown that “charismatic entrepreneurs” often fail more than they succeed. With technology, especially the internet, and things like cloud storage and video link-ups, it’s never been easier for people to work on projects together, even if they’re separated by thousands of miles.
Count your lucky stars you didn’t run a business in the pre-computer technology age. All those pieces of paper! If one went missing, well then, tough luck. You’d also have few places to turn if you get stuck taking care of your duties. Today, the computer can help do just about everything. There’s tax preparation software, accounting software, organizational software, and much, much more. Virtually everything you need to do when you’re running a business can be made more straightforward thanks to technology, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon.
In the olden days, you’d have to wait until you were at the office before you could get down to work. It’s not as if you could take the entire office with you. Now, you’re able to work from pretty much wherever you are. Long train journeys are no longer “dead time,” they can be used to catching up with emails or working on a project. The flexibility that it allows also means people can also work from home for a day if they wish, without compromising any of their targets.
You could say that technology has hurt some companies, and it has – because it has given a voice to the general public. If a company rips off someone, the whole world will know about it! And that’s a good thing, just not for the companies mentioned, because it raises standards. It’s not just complaints, either. Businesses get greater feedback from happy customers, too, which allows them to improve their operations. This shift shouldn’t be underestimated; there hasn’t been a conversation between business and client ever before.
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.
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