22 Jul Got Work Worries? Smart Business Decisions Can Help
Do you often worry about your business? Business owners often worry about things that can be easily fixed by making smart business decisions such as purchasing a new phone system when the old one is giving problems, the CCTV Camera System to monitor the premises, intruders, burglars and employees, computers that are getting old and need to be reset often and entry to premises where controlled access needs to be provided.
There is no point in worrying about these as worrying would hurt your business and yourself personally. Smart business decisions and strategic planning will help in getting the required equipment. There is no point in waiting until the equipment totally breaks down and then rushing to buy the first available without thinking about the pros and cons. Planning on replacement of the product should start before the product comes to the end of its economic life.
Let’s now look at some of the common office equipment to find their economic life and when it should be replaced to have peace of mind:
- Phone System – Telephone system is the face of your business with the outside world. It is extremely important to have a fully functional error free telephone system at all times. The telephone system on its own is of no use without the telephone lines to receive and make calls. There are multiple types of lines available to be connected to the telephone system. Some of these types of lines are public switched telephone network (PSTN), Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and business VOIP solutions. Business VOIP solution can either be on a premise-based phone system or on a hosted telephone system. The economic life of a good phone system such as Panasonic is 5 years. A well-maintained system will work for longer than this however replacement of the system should be considered around this time.
- CCTV Camera System – A well maintained working CCTV Camera System is a must for every business as it will save a lot of money in the long run by keeping a watch on the assets of the company. The CCTV Camera System is the managements’ eye when the owner or his representative is not present at the business. The mere presence of CCTV Camera is a deterrent for would-be burglars and intruders into committing any crime. It also watches the premises, and with the help of alarms and senses in extreme weather conditions, by watching the footage, action can be taken to reduce damage to the property. The employees will feel safer working in a secure location with the presence of CCTV Camera Systems. The economic life of the CCTV Camera System is 5 years after which it should be replaced for a better CCTV Camera System.
- Computers – Computers of today get outdated very quickly. The reason for this is faster chips, memory-hogging programs and discontinuation of support for older releases. To keep the computers updated to be able to use the latest software is a never-ending race which most businesses worry about. The life of the computers can be increased by upgrading firmware and regularly running virus and malware checks. A well-maintained computer system will last between 3 to 5 years. It may need to be upgraded sooner than this if there is no support on the operating system or the application that you are using.
- Security of Premises – Most businesses will hand out keys to intermediate and senior-level management however in a smaller office almost everyone will have a key to the premises. These keys in wrong hands can do a lot of damage to the business such as unlawful entry and burglary. Modern businesses install keyless entry with access control codes for different levels of management. Employees may have codes whereby they can access the premises during normal business hours whereas different levels of management may have access levels to the premises at other times of the day or weekend including the normal employee access. A robust security system should last at least five years. You may look at upgrading it sooner if there are other features available that you may need for the business.
It can be seen from the above that by using technology and making smart business decisions, essential products serviced and in good working order can give you peace of mind. If you are still worried about when and how to replace these smart business products please speak with one of our account managers on 1300 865 426. They will be able to help you in making a decision on the essential office products.
Carrier1 Telecom provides a full range of telecommunication services, NBN, NBN ready telephone systems, multifunction printers and CCTV Camera Systems. It is 100% Australian owned and all the services are from within Australia.
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