There are many different tools in a single trade, but if there’s one tool that’s essential in most trades in the digital age, it is the computer. Because we rely heavily on the internet these days, the need for a means to access the internet can never be underemphasized.
While we do have smartphones and tablets that we can use for this purpose, running a business requires much more powerful devices to handle the tasks involved in your trade.
Whether you run an eCommerce business, sell your skills as a freelancer, run a blog, or use your coding skills to create programs, you need a decent computer.
And as a lot of us already know, decent computers don’t come cheap. Couple that with the fact that wear and tear will take its toll on these devices means that we have to make an active effort to keep our machines in good condition.
This is so we’re able to get our money’s worth out of them. So, with this in mind, what are some ways you can keep your business computer in good condition?
The most basic thing you can do is to give your computer a good dusting off. You can also use pure isopropyl alcohol to wipe oil stains off your keyboard as these can corrode the plastic. Remove dust from the vents as these can hinder your computer’s heat management capabilities.
Free Up Memory
In the same way that you have to clean your computer’s hardware, so, too, should you clean your computer’s software. Over time, with regular use, your computer accumulates large packets of data that will consume a lot of space on your disk.
If your disk is low on memory, it will adversely impact your computer’s performance. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers make it easy for users to view the files on their computer.
Apple, in particular, is less open about allowing users to view the files on their Mac, but there are guides, like the one in this link, that shows users how to check the storage on their computer.
Don’t Neglect Security
Malware and spyware all provide a real threat to any business. Antivirus software should come standard with any business computer. Regular scans are not only necessary, but they are also essential.
Use Restore Points/Back-Ups
Restore points give you a point to start from when you need to do a system reset. This prevents you from losing vital data and this will ensure that even if you end up with a soft bricked device, you have the means to restore your device. Nobody wants to end up with a brick, after all.
Update Your Software
Lastly, you need to keep your device up-to-date with the latest STABLE software update. Give due emphasis on the word “stable”, as there are many updates that are full of errors.
Most guides will tell you to install updates as soon as they are available, but we recommend that you read critiques on the software update that you intend to install in order to avoid any unseen problems that could be caused by bugs in the update.
Your computer is the tool of your trade. It is your means to earn money and without it, you could lose profits and even your business.
This is why it’s important to take care of your computer. There are many ways to do this, but these are the essentials that you should never overlook.