There are various ways for small businesses to thrive in a competitive market, but arming yourself with the right technology can get you further than you think. According to the BizJournal, you can leverage technology to get more done in less time, serve more people and make your business more profitable. Here are a couple valuable ways to use technology to your advantage.

1. Use a contact management system to maintain contact with important customers. These types of programs will provide reminders of meetings, scheduled calls, etc.

2. Maintain records, to-do lists, customer letters, etc., in word processing programs such as Microsoft Word.

3. Make sure you have constant access to the Internet. According to the article, "the Internet is where the world meets, communicates, interacts and lives today. You don't want to be out of touch with it when you can reach contacts. You want to be able to access what you need from where you are."

4. Keep your Web site up-to-date. This is a very valuable way to reach your customers and they will be looking for recent and up-to-date information. Make sure to use a program that allows for web design and quick changes.

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