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7 Tools and Services to Get Your Business Ready for the Holidays
For many businesses, the end-of-year holiday season is the busiest time of year. You’re staffing up, coming up with promotions, taking and fulfilling a crush of orders and more. It’s insanity!
With the holiday season about to get under way, business owners are looking at ways to help them optimize operations and make the rush as smooth and as profitable as possible.
Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up seven tech solutions – everything from software to PCs to services to accessories and more – to help your business make the most of the holidays.
Click here to check out these must-have tools that solve your biggest holiday-related hang-ups.
Keep tabs on the influx of money.
With money flying in and going out, it can get tricky trying to keep track of everything during the holiday season. That’s where Intuit’s QuickBooks 2016 comes in.
With QuickBooks, you can easily create professional estimates and invoices; track sales, sales taxes and expenses; and import data from other programs such as Excel and Outlook Contacts. With the Premier edition, you can even track costs for products and inventory, and uncover insights with specific reports.
Manage long lines with a mobile payment option.
Let’s face it: You’re going to need some serious computing power to keep you ready for rocking while on the go. The HP Pavilion 15.6-Inch Windows 10 Notebook should have exactly what you need.
It comes with a sixth generation Intel Core i7-6500U processor, 12 GB of RAM, a 15.6-inche screen (1920X1080 resolution) and more than nine hours of battery life. When you pair this laptop with a credit card reader such as the Staples Mobile Register or Staples Mobile Register Pro (EMV), you can help move customers through the payment process super quickly.
Stay powered up no matter how many hours you're on.
This thing is small but it packs a powerful punch. The FinSix Dart Universal Laptop Charger is compatible with most USB devices. The company says MIT engineers developed the device’s high-frequency power electronics. The result is a laptop charger that is “up to four times smaller and lighter than chargers found on the market today.”
Not only that, it comes in various color options, including orange, “gunmetal” and magenta.
Easily manage the increase in customer data.
One of the great things about the holidays is the influx of new customers to your website. With the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable Hard Drive, you can store or back up all of this new customer information and add it to your marketing database for next year.
For less than $90, you get a ton of extra storage in a device that’s compatible with PCs as well as Macs via USB 3.0.
Steer clear of nasty Internet viruses.
The last thing you want during the holidays is to have your entire digital operation go down because of some Internet virus. Protect your computer with 1-Year of Kaspersky Internet Security and Unlimited Virus Removals. For just $99.99, you get a full year of Internet security and unlimited virus removals.
Unclutter your workspace for optimal productivity.
Ditch all those old wires for the Logitech MK320 Full-Size Wireless Multimedia Keyboard and Optical Mouse Combo – the perfect complement to any laptop or desktop computer. Via USB, both are plug-and-play so these can’t get any easier to use. The keyboard can run for 24 months on just a pair of AAA batteries, and the mouse can last for 12 months, based on average activity.
Don’t let a cracked screen slow you down.
You slipped on ice and dropped your tablet. The screen is cracked beyond use. Ugh. What can you do?
You get the Broken Phone & Tablet Repair Services from Staples, that’s what. With packages for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy devices, this service will fix everything from cracked screens to home button replacement to camera repairs. It can even help if your phone gets wet.
All Staples phone and tablet repairs are backed by a one-year limited warranty.