In order to maximise efficiency, it's worth doing a simple audit of how you're employing today's technology and innovative work practices across your business to ensure you're making the most of these additions – here are six ideas to get you started.
Cloud-based accounting software such as Xero or MYOB saves you (and your bottom line) from having to shell out time and money for updated versions of the same program. Not only that but your company can also stay agile and flexible by not being tied to a single location or device to keep invoices and transactions up to date: if you're in Hong Kong this week, your books can be too.
Video conferencing software and apps make it easy to communicate with colleagues working remotely or clients a world away but they're additionally useful when you need to share or view files together which can be distributed via screen sharing while you're talking, creating real-time collaboration. Certain platforms such as Slack have these capabilities inbuilt already but standalone apps and platforms such as Skype, Google hangouts and GoToMeeting also offer solutions to bring your team together or let you virtually meet face-to-face with your clients at anytime.
The fact that you're reading this means you're already a member of Qantas Business Rewards, so you've got step one covered. Make sure you're making the best of the program and its flying benefits, both to earn points and to simplify your travel booking and reporting processes, saving you time and money. Either book with your travel agent, or log in to your Qantas Business Rewards account and you can book flights for all the members of your team at the same time, or set them up so they can self-book through the Qantas app.
You'll be able to see everyone's flights in one place on your personal dashboard. And because you're a part of Qantas Business Rewards, you'll get access to discounts from 5% up to 8% on the base fare of selected Qantas fares. Plus you and your staff get a 20% discount on Qantas Club membership, so your travellers can relax with refreshments and wi-fi before their flight.
While you're making it hard for the hackers to get your money, you want to do the opposite for customers by making payments smooth and easy. Payment service Live eftpos, for example, offers a comprehensive suite of payment solutions and its top-of-the-line Life eftpos black is one of the world's smallest, smartest mobile-payment devices – perfect for cafes, couriers and cabbies.
Live eftpos black also unlocks premium support and higher points rewards and all Live eftpos customers are part of a network of more than 7,000 merchants, who've transacted more than $1 billion on the service since it launched in Australia in 2011, with local small and medium sized business as its core market. Plus you can earn up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 transacted, so while your payments roll in, so do your points for your business.
The more time you spend in transit, the less time you have to actually do your work. Innovations such as the Q Bag Tag and the Qantas app can streamline your travel – save time by checking in online and skip having to print your bag label. The ABTC travel card, available to Australian citizens, allows for quicker and easier entry to countries in the Asia-Pacific region by fast-tracking entry and exit through customs, giving you more time to get work done. Check your eligibility and apply here.
A business must be a Qantas Business Rewards Member to earn Qantas Points for business. A one-off join fee of $89.50 including GST normally applies. Fees are inclusive of any applicable GST and may be varied by Qantas from time to time, without notice, in its absolute discretion. Qantas Points are offered under the applicable partner's terms and conditions and earning thresholds may apply. Membership of Qantas Business Rewards and the earning of Qantas Points as a business are subject to the Qantas Business Rewards Terms and Conditions.