In today’s cloud-based world most small businesses rely heavily on the Internet to conduct their day-to-day business. And when your Internet fails or you face an Internet outage it can mean big problems, including a large loss of revenue. The good news is you can protect your business from costly Internet outages by having the right systems in place ahead of time.
Make Sure Your Internet Browser Is Up-to-Date
All Internet browsers require frequent updates to keep your data protected. Rather than silencing the alert when the latest update is released, you should always take the time to update immediately. The small loss of work time at the moment will be well worth it later on.
Limit Internet Add-ons
If your browser has been crashing, running slowly or freezing frequently it could be because you’ve allowed too many Internet add-ons. You can quickly disable add-ons by switching your Internet browser to safe mode, which immediately removes all add-ons. If your Internet begins to function better while in safe mode, you can then exit safe mode and disable each add-on individually until you find the add-on causing all the problems.
Use A Security Scanner
One of the biggest keys to protecting your business from Internet outages is to prevent viruses from taking hold of your computer. Use a security scanner that can identify viruses and spyware before it ruins your system. Spyware is a major security threat, with some spyware being capable of causing your entire system to crash.
Choose A Quality Point Of Sale System
The next order of business when protecting your company from Internet outages is to install a quality point of sale system. Today’s terminals are able to give your business a lot more functionality, including the ability to process while offline. Some key features to look for when purchasing a Point Of Sale System include:
- The ability to enter sales information manually or automatically and to search inventory codes.
- The ability to support tax rates from multiple states
- An accurate audit trail that allows you to trace potential issues back to their source.
- The ability to track pricing and gather input when you offer seasonal sales or other discounts.
- The ability to track multiple types of sales.
QuickBooks Point Of Sale is a great option for most small businesses because of its ability to sync with your QuickBooks accounting system. The QuickBooks POS automatically transfers all your employee timecards, sales, and receipts into your QuickBooks system. Plus this Point Of Sale system is based in the cloud, which means you can access your data from anywhere at anytime.
Another great feature of QuickBooks Point Of Sale is the “Always ON” mode, which is designed to protect your business from Internet outages. When this feature is enabled your system will stay active and able to process credit cards even if the Internet fails.