The Internet of Things can significantly improve small business operations in several ways: 

Improved Access Control 

With IoT-enabled access control, you can maintain nuanced control over everything from smart locks to desktop computers and security cameras. This streamlines your operations by allowing remote control with the touch of a button. For instance, if an employee needs to work late and doesn’t have a key, you can grant access without leaving your home. If you forget to turn off the office lights, you can use a smart app to do so, reducing your energy bills. 

Detailed Inventory Management 

If you work in a fast-paced industry with high inventory turnover, managing inventory can be overwhelming. IoT technology like RFID tracking simplifies inventory management using handheld devices. This can speed up processes like sales, returns, and audits. 

Improved Predictive Maintenance 

One of the most underestimated benefits of IoT is its ability to predict and schedule maintenance without disrupting productivity. IoT sensors can alert you before a device needs maintenance, allowing you to perform necessary upkeep before a breakdown occurs but not when the equipment is in use. 

Comprehensive Energy Management 

How much could you save by better managing your energy consumption? With remote access to light bulbs, appliances, and machines, you can ensure they don’t draw power when not in use, significantly reducing energy costs. 

Enhanced Customer Experience 

Contrary to popular belief, many customers don’t mind receiving help from a chatbot as long as their issues are resolved. IoT streamlines customer interactions, making it easier for customers to find help, which improves retention. 

Real-Time Data Analysis 

IoT enables real-time monitoring of sales, customer interactions, and worker productivity, providing accurate and understandable data that helps you make more informed decisions. 

Increased Process Automation and Efficiency 

The Internet of Things can help you automate various tasks, reducing the time they take and minimizing human error.