Bring up the subject of computer networking, and small-business owners start to get a little nervous. For many, networking is something of a mystery. It's perceived to be difficult to understand and costly to implement, so why even consider it?
There are several reasons why you should look into setting up a network in your small business. In recent months, leading technology vendors have released networking products designed with small businesses in mind. They're fairly simple to install and manage, and actually fit into most small-business budgets. Plus, there are a slew of benefits and cost savings to be found.
Mark Lyon, who owns Lyon & Associates Creative Services Inc. with his wife, Susan, 32, has been using network technology at his small design and advertising firm since the company had just two computers to link together. Not only do all eight employees of the couple's Encinitas, California, business have access to the Internet, but they also share files, review each other's progress and work together by having their 15 computers connected through a network.
"We strongly believe in the need to share information," says Mark, 35. "The network has been great from the standpoint of collaboration and efficiency within the office."