By Rieva Lesonsky
Of course your computer is going to crash right in the middle of a huge project. Isn’t that one of Murphy’s Laws? We already told you last month what to do to keep your computer safe from viruses and hackers. But if you don’t want to spend your whole small business loan on outfitting your business with new technology, here are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t get caught with your motherboard down.
- Make sure your computer has the most current version of your operating system and all the latest service packs and security patches installed. If you think that new downloads are slowing down your computer or causing any compatibility issues, call an IT expert right away to deal with the problems.
- Make sure your computers get basic regular maintenance. Uninstall unused programs and delete files stored on the hard drive. Important file should be stored in the cloud. Photos take up a lot of memory, so photos should be transferred to an external drive or stored in the cloud. You can also go through your documents, sort them by size, and move large files to the cloud so they don’t take up space on your computer.
- Line up tech support for when you need it in a hurry. Make sure you can talk to someone or get answers quickly when you need them. Don’t use any IT expert who makes you feel stupid when answering your questions or makes you afraid to ask the next question. Can the person talk in plain English and do they seem interested in the success of your business? Once you’ve found someone you can trust, ask your IT specialist for more suggestions on what you can do to keep your computer running smoothly.
- Budget to buy new computers about every five years. Unless you have tons of working capital, don’t run out and buy the latest technology every time something new comes out. But make sure you have the money on hand when the time comes to replace your system.
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