December 6, 2018
The holidays are supposed to be about giving to others but we think you deserve to treat yourself to a couple of gifts this year (or drop some not-so-subtle hints to your loved ones). After you buy everyone in your family a truly unique gift, invest in something for yourself that will help improve the security, productivity, and overall success of your business. These gifts for business owners will help you get a jumpstart on 2019 while your competitors are still polishing off the last of the eggnog.
A CRM system (customer relationship management) helps you capture, track, and organize all your customer information in one place. It ensures that you follow-up with warm leads and regularly nurture existing customer relationships. If you’re only relying on manual lists and spreadsheets to track all your customer information and interactions, it’s time to treat yourself to a CRM system. In fact, you shouldn’t even consider this a treat. It’s really a necessity for a successful business. Do your research before selecting a system, but we recommend one of the following:
Still not convinced? Get more information here about why a CRM system is crucial to the success of your small business.
How much time do you spend managing your calendar and trying to decide which task to tackle next? And what about the time wasted by distractions like social media and email notifications? According to the productivity app Focuster, once you lose your focus, it takes approximately 24 minutes to regain it. This adds up to potentially hours of wasted time every day if you have multiple things vying for your attention. (Who doesn’t?)
Focuster helps you to ‘reclaim your focus’ by syncing with your calendar and filling in any openings with that week’s to-do list. If you don’t check everything off your list, the app will automatically reschedule the incomplete tasks to the next available spot in your calendar. It even sends you friendly reminders to help you stay on track. You can also increase your productivity by lowering your stress levels. And yes, there’s an app for that. Check out a few of our favorites here.
Cyber security training for your team
We admit, this gift doesn’t provide instant gratification but the long term impact on your business is even better than unwrapping a big, shiny package on Christmas morning. Investing in cyber security training for your entire team—not just the IT department or management—will help ensure your business is protected from cyber attacks, phishing scams, and other data breaches in the new year. We partner with KnowBe4, a security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, to ensure our clients have all their security bases covered.
Ok, now for some instant gratification. A good pair of wireless headphones is a must for taking calls outside the office (or inside if you have an open workspace), grooving to tunes while working, and listening to your favorite podcasts while on the go. Plantronics’ BackBeat Pro 2 headphones have noise cancellation and immersive audio or for a lower profile setup, the Apple AirPods are hard to beat but there are several other good wireless earbud Apple alternatives.
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