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What the heck are you supposed to get the small business owners on your holiday gift list (besides more hours in the day)?
SMBs always need more time and money, but they also need cool tech gadgets, and lots of them. In the 21st century, it’s technology that helps small business owners successfully run their business without losing their minds.
Here’s our wish list of the top tech gadgets and goodies that will make great holiday gifts for any small business owner this season.
A Shoeboxed account
Know a well-meaning small business owner who’s super disorganized? Give the gift of Shoeboxed, a receipt scanning service that will declutter their home and/or office in a matter of minutes. Shoeboxed will digitize important paper documents like receipts and bank statements, making it easy for your SMB to stay organized in the new year. Premium plans start at just $9.99 per month.
A washable keyboard and laptop stand
Small business owners spend hours on their computer every day, making sure that they’re keeping up with their online marketing, accounting and more. Many spend long hours at their desk, consuming everything from breakfast to an afternoon coffee to a late-night snack all while hunched over their keyboard. That’s bound to create quite a mess of crumbles and maybe even the occasional spill.
Help your favorite small biz owner protect their computer (and their posture!) by getting their laptop off the desk and into the air using a laptop stand like this one for less than $20. Once their computer is taken care of, get them this washable keyboard for a duo gifts that is guaranteed to upgrade their workspace. Muffin crumbles and coffee stains, be gone!
A GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping account
Many small business owners can’t afford to hire an accountant. In addition to doing their own marketing and wearing a million different hats, they have to keep track of their books as well. When you give the gift of a GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping account, you’re gifting your favorite SMB with a virtual accountant who will keep track of their expenses, create and manage invoices, and make doing their taxes really easy in the new year.
With a $9.99/month price tag, this is one affordable gift that keeps on giving.
A Square credit card reader
Help your favorite solopreneur accept credit card payments in store and on the go with a credit card reader like the one from Square. This techy holiday gift is an attachment that fits right onto your iPhone, making it easy to accept payments anywhere and everywhere.
The reader itself is free with a Square account, so you can combine this gift with cash or a prepaid credit card to cover your SMB’s first month of transaction fees (2.75% per transaction).
A receipt scanner
Once the paper clutter is digitized, the savvy solopreneur has to keep it from coming back! Grab them a Fujitsu ScanSnap so they can scan documents in the office or while traveling. The ScanSnap can scan large stacks of paper at a time and works with a bunch of different software programs, including Shoeboxed. The travel-sized S1100 model starts at around $160.
Many small businesses have to pay for pay-per-click advertising throughout the year. Advertising on Facebook and other social outlets has become a popular way to promote brands and engage with customers. As of right now, Facebook doesn’t offer a gift card or credits specifically for advertising, so you could create your own gift certificate or give your friend a prepaid credit card.
What are you getting the small business owners on your holiday gift list this year?