Technology – Beware the Techie Time Vampire | Business Technology

Most entrepreneurs spend a lot of time, money, and energy marketing their businesses. It’s wonderful that technology has made it possible for us to market our businesses to the world and to work from home (or anywhere else), but I am less than delighted about the time and money that learning to use all this technology sucks from us.Early on we were told that technology would give us more free time, but unfortunately for those of us who are technologically disadvantaged the opposite is usually quite true. The reality is that many of us fall victim to the “Techie Time Vampire”, that insidious creature that sucks away huge blocks of our time as we try to master the technology around us and incorporate it into our business.

Most entrepreneurs start their own business, in part, to be able to control their time. Instead, most of us routinely find that technology is controlling both our time and our energy. We spend much of our time trying to make existing technology work as it should – the computer, the fax, our cell phones, etc. – and even more time trying to learn something new. We are taken in by the Techie Snake Oil Salesman who says, “It’s really easy,” then we find ourselves owning a bunch of gadgets but we don’t have enough information or resources to make them work for us to accomplish what we need to do now. For example, recently two bright, technologically competent women in my entrepreneurs group were talking about the eight hours it took to sync their new Blackberries. Look out! There’s a Techie Time Vampire on the loose here.We have all been told how much better our lives will be as we travel the information superhighway. What someone failed to mention is that there are many potholes, wrecks and detours on this road and no superhighway AAA Motor Club you can join that will rescue you when there is trouble. Despite the Techie Snake Oil Salesman’s assurance of “quality customer service” many times you end up with the help desk from Hell and you are left to find your own rescuer.Then, just when I think I have finally mastered all the technology I really need, I find that a new technology, like podcasting or YouTube or Facebook or “twittering”, is now indispensable and I must learn that, too, to keep my business progressing. It makes me tired just thinking about it.

I do like challenges or I wouldn’t be an entrepreneur, but the Techie Time Vampire sucks too much time, money and energy from my business. It leaves less time for me to put the skills and talents I have honed to use. Using those skills is what really brings joy and fulfillment to both me and my clients – that’s why I’m in business in the first place. For now, I’m staying in the slow lane and keeping a watchful eye out for the Techie Time Vampire.

Small Business Technology Hiring Tips

Small business owners struggle with staying afloat. Unlike large industrial companies and franchises, small businesses do not have access to unlimited funding capital. Therefore, they cannot afford a large “turnover” in the workplace. One way to eliminate frivolous spending is to incorporate strong hiring practices. Implementing practical hiring techniques ensure small business owners that they are actually hiring, the best candidates for the job.

Employment in the construction industry declined in past years, and in the last few years, this industry has made a “great” comeback. Construction companies are reporting a new high in job growth, as new technology forges them into the new millennium. Construction is not all digging, and hammering. There is a technical side to construction that is continually increasing.

In 2013 construction companies have reported an increase in employment, of close to 2% per month. However, in the month of October a new high in employment reached nearly 3.5%, this is an increase from March. Florida, California and Texas have the highest employment rates in construction. This increase comes from the real estate and energy sectors. Texas led in the increase with 3.23 percent, with California following close behind, and Florida making a noticeable mark, with an increase of 52 percent.

With construction now being in high demand, small businesses are forced to “up their game”, if they want to play in the big leagues. This means investing in employees with construction engineering experience. New machineries, new building materials, in addition to new energy efficient building designs are bombarding the future. From a technological standpoint, construction is coming fast forward into designing “buildings of the future”.

Newly developed vacuum insulated glass, optimized fa├žade window systems, membrane building refurbishment, and electrochromic glazing are new names in construction, but not in technology. Construction companies, especially small businesses are expected to attract and retain technical minded employees.

However the best shot small businesses have at hiring the right workers for the job, is through state assisted training. Many colleges and technical schools are putting up great incentives, for students who want to pursue a career in construction. With computer aided designing, and architectural design, students are more than ready to plunge into a construction career, once they complete their training. With the need of qualified workers being so great, companies are willing to hire competent workers, while they are still n school.

Construction companies can recruit their most qualified applicants, while they are yet learning. This allows the company to get the best workers and the most competent, while students are enhancing and perfecting their skills. This is a win, win solution to filling the construction shortage, and the unemployment gap. New technology in construction, bring these two worlds together in a way, which is profitable for everyone.