How affordable technology can support a business’s best ideas

Business leaders are "big picture" kind of people. When running a company with however-many managers and umptillion employees spread across multiple offices, enacting widespread change should be top priority.

But sometimes little hiccups can balloon into crippling problems. Luckily, inexpensive tech purchases can make sure your company's billion-dollar ideas don't crumple because of small inconsistencies and oversights.

"Companies don't just use the Internet for communication anymore."

Wireless signal extender
If there's one thing businesses in 2015 will undoubtedly spend their money on, it's wireless Internet.

According to Cisco, the total traffic related to wireless connections will surpass wired traffic as early as next year. Mobile devices moving into the commercial sector more than guarantee this as a reality. As such, businesses are spending more money on increasing the capabilities of their wireless networks. Companies don't just use the Internet for communication anymore. Standard daily operations can be conducted over cloud-based platforms as well as access to information secured on company storage. All this back-and-forth can put serious strain on bandwidth. Smart business leaders know this is the area where investment truly matters.

Unfortunately, all that investment could go to waste if your office is too large for a single router. Time suggests purchasing a wireless signal extender if your floor plan exceeds 3,000 square feet. Thanks to this handy device, your office won't have a single dead spot, optimizing productivity and minimizing downtime.

Don't let your big plans be held back by minute dilemmas.Don't let your big plans be held back by minute dilemmas.

Postage meter
In this age of cloud computing and text message, very rarely do we ever find a reason to mail anything. Businesses, however, are not quite out of the proverbial woods yet. Depending on a company's profile, it may need to send out packages to customers and partners. Lawyers operating small practices, for example, may need to forward important contracts to their clients for signature. As such, reliable techniques must be employed in order to guarantee these documents get to the right mailbox the first time.

These packets could get pretty thick, requiring more than the traditional stamp. A postage meter can ensure this information reaches its intended destination safely and without issue. The device will weigh the outgoing mail and price it accordingly. Postage meters will either print out a sticker or stamp the postage directly on the envelope itself. 

According to the U.S. Postal Service, shortpaid postage, even by a matter of cents, can hold an important package in limbo until the sender can forward along the difference. After taking all the time to compose the documents enclosed, it'd be a shame to have them out of their addressee's hands. Additionally, miscalculating invoice postage means your business won't get paid until the deficit is sorted out. As futuristic as the world may seem, something as simple as snail mail can still disrupt a business's comings and goings.

Office technology industry piece brought to you by Marlin Equipment Finance, leaders in office technology equipment financing. Marlin is a nationwide provider of equipment financing solutions supporting equipment suppliers and manufacturers in the security, food services, healthcare, information technology, office technology and telecommunications sectors.