Let’s take a look at how entrepreneur needs to be productive these days by spending enough time on research without loosing scope.
The gist is most entrepreneurs and independent workers have to avoid being held ransom at the mercy of companies forcing costly updates and upgrades, as well as misreprented features. More than ever, nimble entrepreneurs need to know how to efficiently spend enough time researching their business needs in order to be productive. While we won’t go into an exhaustive list of products, some basic common sense steps can be highlighted when choosing the right equipment and services. A little common sense and homework will not only save money in the long run but add peace of mind and a relative sanity to the work life.
The Smart Shopper. It is well known by now that most companies undersell their products, reaping profits on expendables and maintenance. Printers and cell phones are notorious for that and while the old rule of; the higher the printer price, the lower the cartridge price used to be true, it is slowly becoming a myth. An $400 Epson printer will run you about $90 for a full set of cartridges, while stopping you from printing a black and white page if a single color ink is low. This is not only frustrating but is a serious loss of productivity.
When it comes to cell phones and plans, the idea is to find the right device and services. Some cell phone companies throttle customer’s “unlimited” data plans, while others don’t but have more limited coverage. Choosing a company with little drop rates and attractive price plans is a good start but keep in mind the hidden fees and delays swithing to another provider. The same applies to computers. While Microsoft makes the majority of its profits on Office products, it uses its new operating system bells and whistles as a leverage to entice you to upgrade, most of the time with little gains for the average user.
Spending Efficient Time Researching. The better the research, the more accurate your findings are but as entrepreneurs, we have a tendency to run away from details and superficially glean specifications. One easy first step is to look for feedback. A great place to start when deciding if a company is head over to the Better Business Bureau site to see if there are any complaints. Don’t spend much time reading the actual complaints, keeping in mind a long list is a tell-tell sign. Google is the next step, queuing the company or product name and the word complaint, will yield results that should further shed light.
Effective Entrepreneur Managing Time. The idea for busy entrepreneurs is to spend enough quality time on the initial research so that oversights do not come back to grab you at a later time. While reading the fine prints is not possible for most of us, online research and especially asking people are invaluable. Unfrtunately, we rarely take time to write companies about negative experiences. The more we do, the less likely they will get away with it.
All in all, a nimble entrepreneur looking to upgrade their productivity tools or starting out will need to think what they will need in the near future in order to choose the right tools. Weighing the pros and cons when buying the bells and whistles now instead of later, locking oneself in plans and all around best value for products takes a little research time that makes the difference between using the tools effectively or being stuck in customer care nightmare lines. The gist is to spend time as effectively as possible by gathering enough information to make the right choices. The rest is simple, talk to others, connect, reach out and work with a coach, will you.