As an e-commerce merchant, you pay an arm and a leg to keep your business up and running. From hiring a web designer, to paying fees associated with your merchant account, to paying your employees–it all adds up fast, and you want to take every step to maximize your revenue. Understanding technology and using it efficiently will help cut costs and keep more money in your pocket.
Computer Operating Systems
The speed of your computer systems plays a factor in how quick your employees work. If their workstations don’t have adequate memory, then your employees will run into difficulties being able to multitask. With too many programs running at once, their computer system may come to a standstill, requiring them to close programs, or even restart their computer altogether.
Many factors go into an efficiently operating computer: the size of your monitors, using the proper amount of memory, and having fast processors. If your company has 50 employees, and it takes an extra 30 seconds to open a certain program, or simply start a computer, you can quickly see how much time and money you lose as a result. Using a proper operating system will cut back on the wasted time starting computers and programs.
Cutting Utility Costs
Merchants often overlook the cost of electricity. Some businesses cater to international customers and need to have their computers constantly running. However, some infrastructures don’t need to run all the time. Having your servers automatically startup and shutdown can save you a great deal in power costs.
It’s important to consider the learning curve of the software programs you use. Your IT department will most likely adapt quickly to new programs, but those who aren’t as computer-savvy may have a difficult time learning new software. Use programs with a lower learning curve, yet still allow your employees to maximize tasks and functions. Also, remember to provide proper training so your employees don’t waste time trying to figure it out on their own.
If you provide your customers with a computer program or software, make sure you offer the most up-to-date versions. Keeping your products current will draw in business and help reassure them that you offer fast and reliable services. This will also keep your stay one step ahead of the competition.
There are numerous ways to maximize your revenue. Use common sense when spending and consider whether it will save you money in the long run.