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Savvy ways to stop tech costs blowing out

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Workplaces are usually always busy. The amount of technology the goes into a single office would make a traditional business owner cry and run in fear. You have computers, printers, network devices, cables everywhere, communication devices, and you might even have robotic arms and machines to help you do specific tasks. Whatever type of business you run, tech is going to be one of the main costs that you need to consider.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to reduce the cost of technology in your workplace. With these following tips, you’ll find it easier to declutter your office, find great deals, and ultimately spend less on the essential components of your business.

Upgrade infrequently

When you invest in technology, make sure that it will last you a long time so that you don’t have to constantly upgrade to newer models or pay for updates that aren’t necessary. For instance, if you’re going to invest in computers for the sake of creating word documents and spreadsheets, you won’t need a very expensive set of computers to get started. However, if you plan to upgrade one or two of the machines for productivity purposes, then it might be worth getting a more expensive computer at the beginning instead of upgrading later. This means there will be less clutter in your office and you don’t have to worry about increased tech costs later on.

Sell old items

When you upgrade technology in your office, chances are the older versions are still worth a pretty penny and can be sold on a website like eBay. Unfortunately, if it’s too old to be useful then you’ll have to consider DRM recycling solutions or a similar service to get rid of them responsibly. If you’re selling things that have personal data saved on them, then you may want to consider recycling them instead of selling unless you’re able to clear off the personal information.

Buy refurbished

When you need to buy an expensive piece of equipment, consider buying second-hand or refurbished. Refurbished items typically cost a lot less and, due to the repairs performed on them, typically operate better than a new device and are great value for money. You could save a tonne of money by investing in refurbished computers at the beginning of your business’s lifespan. When you start making enough money to keep up with the latest trends you should consider buying new equipment, but for now, focus on getting better deals by buying refurbished gear.

Scale steadily

When you expand your business, it’s easy to start purchasing far too much equipment and as a result, wasting money that you could’ve saved. If you plan to expand your business, then don’t sell old hardware and keep it around for the sake of equipping new employees. If you have to purchase new equipment that you are unfamiliar with, then don’t take the plunge and buy industry standard devices that are extremely expensive. Keep in mind that growing your business doesn’t mean you’re suddenly able to afford expensive equipment—slow and steady wins the race.

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