If you run a small business, you know how important efficiency and time management is. Time, as they say, is money, and when every dollar counts, you can’t afford to waste a moment. Luckily, we have technology to help us with that. Below are four of the handiest gadgets and apps that can help you boost your business and make the most out of every moment.
Jackery Titan S Portable Charger
We’ve all misjudged the number of battery bars on a device at some point, and found ourselves with a dying phone (or tablet, or laptop) at the worst possible time. And if you’re running a business, you almost surely require technology. How do you ensure your devices will still have juice if you cross town for a big meeting, or go straight to a presentation from the airport? Jackery is a manufacturer of portable smartphone and laptop chargers, and the Titan S portable charger packs a portable battery capable of powering an Apple MacBook laptop. The rechargeable Titan S can also charge your smartphone or tablet and is capable of recognizing the device you plug into it, and automatically charging it at the maximum safe levels. With multiple USB ports and a tough aluminium casing, the Jackery Titan S portable charger is great insurance against ever showing up with a dead phone or laptop again.
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT
Kingston’s DataTraveler Ultimate GT, which was released in 2017, is the world’s highest-capacity USB flash drive, with up to 2TB of storage. (A 1TB model is also available.) The DataTraveler Ultimate GT is USB 3.1 Gen 1 compatible, so the device’s read/write performance is top notch. It’s the perfect product for those who need to carry high volumes of data – the DataTraveler GT can pack up to 70 hours of 4K-quality video – without having to lug a clunky external hard drive or rely on the cloud. It’s the top of the line – and pricey, with the 2TB model retailing for as much as $1,700, with the 1TB model available for under $1,000. (The DataTraveler is available through Best Buy’s US site, which also ships to Canada.)
The diskAshur2 is basically a digital safe for your data. It’s impressively weighty and features a built-in keypad, and only allows access to the data within its drive (from 500GB to 5TB) once the proper PIN number is entered. And the PIN required by the diskAshur2 isn’t some simple four-digit code like your bank card; this ultra-secure data protector requires a code between seven and 15 digits. The number can also be changed and personalized as often as the user likes, so if you want to change your PIN every week (or every day even), you can. The diskAshur2 is boasts built-in physical to defend against physical tampering and responds to automated attacks by entering a “deadlock” state, rendering further attacks useless. The diskAshur2 is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux operating systems, and doesn’t require any additional software installation to work with your device; just plug it into a USB port and you’re good to go. It also looks sharp, and is available in black, blue, green, and red. If you’re serious about safeguarding your data, this is an excellent choice.
Streak isn’t a physical gadget, but rather a CRM (customer relationship management) program that operates within Google’s Gmail webmail service. It’s designed to seamlessly integrate into your existing Gmail, so you don’t have to open Streak separately. The program allows you to easily manage your sales pipeline, as well as store email templates. You can also control when emails go out or delay when messages arrive in your inbox. Streak is the killer app for the busy sales person or team, allowing for almost unprecedented control of email communication.
While there’s no magical gadget that you can simply plug in to instantly increase your revenue, the devices above can each effectively make your life, and business, run a little smoother.
Justin Anderson | Staff Writer