PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Entrepreneur Riley Fitt-Chappell
, CEO of Government Services Corporation, undertook the same challenges every startup company had to face. Not only are entrepreneurs tasked with hiring employees, designing products, hunting down clients and paying the bills, they have to learn how to do these things. A recent article on Xconomy explains a few ways how technology is helping innovators get a foothold in the business world.
"As troublesome as it is sometimes, technology is a priceless tool that forward-thinking, innovative companies use to increase efficiency and day-to-day business practice," Riley Fitt-Chappell says. "Without it, small, outsourcing companies and even contractors would have to rely on slower means of communication which would inevitably decrease profits and the chances of success."
According to the article, 90 percent of all startups plan to hire employees. For new businesses, doing so is not as easy as it sounds. Instead of having human resource departments, hiring committees, and a big enough reputation that potential employees apply for, basement entrepreneurs are finding an answer with Web-based hiring solutions. Social media is a great way to advertise job openings, but for entrepreneurs looking for tech-based employees with specific skillsets, programs like Gild, LinkedIn, Freelancer, and Elance are flexible and easy to use.
Even before employees are hired, it is important for forward-thinking startups to get their IT infrastructure in place. Network problems and computer outages can greatly damage the success-rates for new businesses, but having affordable IT support is just as important. According to the Xconomy article, companies like SmugMug, Instagram, and Pinterest (all three well-known, successful startups) relied on cloud technology.
Bigger cloud services like Rackspace, DropBox, and Salesforce have good economies of scale and are flexible enough to work with growing companies. With clouds, businesses can access information anywhere and freelance and off-location employees all have access to the same information. Clouds also offer another level of storage security.
When entrepreneurs are faced with never-ending projects and work under time and capital restraints, it is crucial to collaborate.
"Collaboration is often what makes or breaks a company," entrepreneur Riley Fitt-Chappell says. "It's important to use resources, whether they are industry-related advisors or other people with startup experiences, whenever you are faced with a problem you don't understand. Once you have put money, time, and sweat into a company, watching it fail because you were too stubborn to ask for help is the worst thing that could happen."
The article recommends using tools like Chatter, Yammer, Basecamp, and TeamBox. These tools differ in function and form, though each one allows people to collaborate, brainstorm, share information, build up ideas, track discussions, and have conversations with others. Google Docs is highly regarded as one of the best collaborative platforms in the industry; employees can share documents, edit live, and use other Google-based tools like text and video chat all at once.
Most online tools are affordable and easy to use, though it takes dedication to actually make a difference. Riley Fitt-Chappell understands the importance of staying up with evolving technologies in order to find an edge in the business world.
, an Idaho-based entrepreneur, founded Government Services Corporation in 2010. The contracting company coordinates work for landscape restoration, security systems, fuel supply, and other jobs for government agencies. The business uses remote contracting and depends on Web-based tools for continued success.