Whether you are the co-founder of a rising startup or the CEO of a small business with a growing roster of employees, the thought of expanding your company and hiring additional talent has likely crossed your mind more than once.
But how do you keep up with demands of new hires, while minimizing technical setbacks–and streamline the process? Fortunately, there are tools to help.
By integrating new productivity tools and technologies into your system early on, your team will have the support it needs as your business continues to expand.
Here are five tools you should consider adopting to support your company’s growth.
1. VTech 4-Line Small Business Phone System
While mobile phones are a critical tool for enabling employees to work on the road, relying simply on cell phones for all your business calls can quickly complicate communications. It is important that your business establish a point of centralized communications that can triage calls to appropriate departments and contacts.
The VTech 4-Line Small Business Phone System does just that, ensuring no dropped calls, seamless call forwarding and central messaging.
The VTech business phone system can easily and affordably expand to support new hires without increasing overhead costs or creating hefty installation fees. The deskset is pairable with both cordless headset and handset accessories, providing increased coverage and mobility for employees when taking calls. In case of an emergency where cell phone towers and other infrastructure are down or overloaded, the VTech business phone system features power-failure operation to ensure phone lines remain available.
2. Adobe Creative Cloud
An Adobe Creative Cloud subscription is a cost-effective way to make sure your business can support the multimedia needs of all employees, from photo/video editing, to illustrating, web design, and more. With Creative Cloud, your employees can use the app best suited for a task, without the complications of license management (i.e., licenses are associated with your company, not an individual) or data security.
Familiar software in the package includes Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, and Dreamweaver CC. Whether your business is creating a company website, marketing material, infographics or product images, an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription provides employees in a growing business with the tools they need.
3. Wacom Bamboo Slate
Jotting down notes and exchanging information between employees remains an integral part of the day-to-day operations of a business. The Wacom Bamboo Slate smartpad is aimed at streamlining this process by capturing handwritten notes and allowing them to be shaped and shared via the cloud. With the push of a button, the Bamboo Slate converts any handwritten note into a digital file that can be distributed and edited later.
Paired with its partner app, Wacom Inkspace, you and your employees can organize, edit, and share client meeting notes before getting back to the office, or file work orders without having to spend time typing them up. Notes can be synced with the Inkspace cloud or can be exported to other cloud services such as DropBox, Evernote or OneNote.
4. HP Business Printer
In the business marketplace, the old saying “time is money” rings loud and true. Tools that increase business efficiencies and reduce wasteful spending are well worth the upfront costs associated with them.
An in-house printer is one such tool. In-house printers remove the need for businesses to make recurring trips to expensive printing shops, saving time and money. Whether you own a small business, manage a busy branch location, or run a large department, HP’s business printers provide dependable, cost-effective printing solutions that can meet the quick-turn, fast-paced demands of your day-to-day operations.
5. Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium
For businesses that are experiencing growth, the Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium bundle provides office workstation essentials such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five smartphones. Immediately set up new hires with a unique email address using your company’s name, creating an intertwined network of users across your entire business. Additionally, the Microsoft Office 365 Business Premium bundle guarantees that your business has the most up-to-date versions of software at all times with no extra cost.