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Keeping your company up to date

posted Monday Dec 12, 2022 by Contributor

Running a business is no mean feat. From a start-up to a well-established company, you're going to consistently find yourself with a lot of work on your plate. From product design and development to market research, manufacturing, order fulfillment, marketing, advertising, customer support, and so much more. What is important, however, is that you make a concerted effort to always keep your business up to date. Here are some suggestions that can allow you to achieve this!

Up-to-Date Software

Your team needs up-to-date software in order to complete their work to the highest standard. The first, and most simple, way to achieve this is to make sure that everyone carries out software updates when they are prompted. This gives the latest version of existing software and can help reduce cybercrime and hacking. You could make sure to You could invest in new software. If you do this, make sure to manage the changeover effectively. A good example is managing an Office 365 upgrade (now known as Microsoft 365. If you are unsure what type of software you need to upgrade or invest in for your team, it's important that you ask them or allow people to fill in anonymous surveys with suggestions.

Multiple Payment Methods

You should offer as many payment methods as possible. In the past, the options were cash or card in person. Since the rise of eCommerce, more people are making purchases online, so card tends to be one of the most commonly used payment methods. However, there are other payment types that allow for a fast checkout without the customer even having to have their card on them. Having these available can encourage more spur-of-the-moment purchases and greater profits for you. Consider PayPal or Apple Pay, which allow users to pay with the touch of a button or a simple login. You may also want to consider third-party finance options that you might have seen being used, such as Klarna. This allows customers to make purchases on finance without you having to get involved.

Multiple Means of Contact

Customers also all like to get in touch in different ways. In the past, customers would just ask questions in the store. However, now that many people shop online, you'll find that customers have to actively reach out to you if they want to know more about your brand or products. It's important that you make sure that you offer multiple means of contact so that everyone is able to get in touch in a way that suits them and their preferences. You should have a business phone for those who like to have a conversation. You should have a business email for those who like to keep things formal. You should have an instant chat option for those who want to type but want a fast, back and forth response. You may even want to offer messaging options and customer support through social media platforms if you have a younger target demographic.

Each of these steps is varied but can really help to keep your company up to speed. Hopefully, some of the suggestions above will help you on your journey to success!

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