51 Tips For Saving Money on Technology

This article was originally published in September 2009, but as I was reviewing it I find that it is still just as relevant today.

By The Readers of Small Business Trends

PRACTICAL TESTED TIPS

We asked the readers of Small Business Trends to contribute their best real-world tips and advice for how small businesses like yours can save money by using  technology, or how to save money on technology purchases. The following tips and pointers represent the combined wisdom of small business owners, their staff and stakeholders.

Anita Campbell, Editor, Small Business Trends

BUY POWERFUL COMPUTERS TO LAST LONGER

“Initially purchase more hard drive, memory and a larger monitor than comes standard. It will increase the useful life of your computer and decrease your costs in the long run.”

Shared by: Leslie Knight, Knight Performance Management, LLC, www.knightpm.com

Twitter: @ITMinefield

USE GOOGLE ALERTS TO FIND DEALS

“Before I make a decision on a piece of technology, I scour the review type websites like CNET and PC Magazine. I pick two items that have great reviews, and set Google Alerts for them-with the word “deals” next to them. For the next few days I monitor the prices that come up, and buy when the time is right. This works!”

Shared by: Joel Libava, The Franchise King, www.TheFranchiseKing.com

Twitter: @FranchiseKing

GO EASY ON WEBSITE BELLS AND WHISTLES

“Talk to your customer before you build your website. You may be surprised that she will not use more than 50% of what you are going to build. That’s 50% savings in technology budget and time.”

Shared by: Chaitanya Sagar, People to Work With, p2w2.com

Twitter: @Chaitanya

USE HOSTED SERVICES AND OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE

“Many are free, like Thunderbird, and are better than most paid alternatives. Others, like Jive’s hosted PBX, are significantly less expensive than the traditional products. Switching from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice alone will save you about $100 per user per year.”

Shared by: Brent Thompson, Jive Communications, www.getjive.com

Twitter: @GetJive

SWITCH TO FREE ONLINE BOOKKEEPING SOFTWARE

“I had a tough time when my computer crashed right before April and so I scrambled to find another solution where I would not have to depend on doing books on one computer. I chose www.outright.com and like it very much as I can enter my expenses from any computer. It’s FREE.”

USE DISCUSSION FORUMS TO LOCATE DISCOUNTS

“When shopping for technology products, this site can be addictive: www.Slickdeals.net . The forums are full of deals submitted by users and sometimes there are great bargains. Check this site first for coupons or deals before shopping for technology products. I saved $5 in Best Buy last week with a coupon from here.”

GO TO SWAP/EXCHANGE WEBSITES FOR BUSINESS BOOKS

“Read business books by renting them or swapping them: bookcrossing.com, bookins.com, bookmooch.com, and PaperBackSwap.com.”

Above 3 Tips Shared by: Shashi Bellamkonda, Network Solutions, blog.networksolutions.com

Twitter: @Shashib

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  • http://www.quantumbuyers.com/ Darcy Grubaugh

    Leslie Knight is right. Investing on a good working device is a winner for business. But you have to make sure all the software and applications are updated to ensure best performance and compatibility. You know a software is updated almost everyday now. When you want to expand your business, there are tons of info on the web for pieces of advice and tips. Don’t hesitate to ask experts, as well. Monitor your funds and make lists of spending to see which areas you can adjust for saving, if you’re cutting off some budget.