Technology advances fast. Before you can wrap your head around the latest tech, a new and improved version is right around the corner. As a business owner, you probably want to have the latest version of any technology that your business uses, but this isn’t always logical or smart financially. So how often should you reinvest in technology? Here are a few tips to help you decide.
Updating your software and hardware should be synonymous with the growth of your business. You’re not going to make it to the top with old equipment. Software updates are the easiest. These updates are usually free so it’s smart to update your software as often as possible.
Updating equipment can be a little more complex because it’s not free. First, assess whether your current equipment is enough for your business. If it’s not, then you need to update. You should also consider the age of your equipment? If it’s past its prime, you probably need to skip an update and go with replacing it.
Replace Faulty Tech Quickly
Procrastination is your enemy when it comes to technology. If you find a problem with any of your software or hardware and it can’t be fixed, you should replace it immediately before your network goes out. When dealing with technology, keep in mind that at some point, something is going to go wrong. You should have an emergency fund set aside to pay for repairs and replacements immediately. Think of the fund as an investment. Of course, you should also invest in learning the technology, as you don’t want to throw away good technology without giving it a shot. Doing this reduces the frequency that you replace technology.
Everything Has an Expiration Date
If you’ve had the same computer for the last ten years, you can go ahead and replace it without guilt. Technology has an expiration date and it’s usually a short one because technology rapidly evolves. You may notice that your computer won’t function right. It may be slow, and it could crash at times. Any technology that’s past its expiration date is going to let you know in the form of lowered performance. When this happens, it’s time for an upgrade.
Knowing when to reinvest in technology takes a lot of observation. The three tips above are all great indicators of a necessary upgrade or replacement. By paying attention to what your business needs and what your equipment can handle, you’ll easily determine when it’s time to reinvest.
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