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One of the biggest problems that the business world faces is that there is always a push to have the latest and greatest device. The constant shift in technology creates a lot of e-waste which is difficult to deal with. Since many do not dispose of their old devices properly, things like batteries and other parts spoil and leak into the ground. These are terrible for the environment because the chemicals used are not intended to be entered into a stable ecosystem. Rather than getting rid of the device you have now, it is a good idea to see if it can be upgraded to something more useful.

There are different ways in which you can upgrade. If you are using a computer, you can get additions to the computer like software and hardware which will make it more useful. If you are dealing with a phone you will be able to upgrade your phone by making sure that you are able to connect to different service providers. The most important thing to remember is no matter what you do to try to upgrade, eventually you will have to eliminate your old device. Be responsible in the way that you do recycle it. If you are revamping your whole company, you can also redo your small business web design.

Upgrading Your Computer

The most upgradable piece of equipment that you have available to you is the computer. You can replace everything from chips to batteries to the memory that you have available. The most important thing is to make sure that you will be able to use the computer the way that you want to use it. One way to accomplish this is to add a camera to an older model laptop or PC so that you will be able to access the internet VoIP service. You can also choose to upgrade the memory with external hard drives so that you can double, triple or more your memory.

Maintaining Your Tablet

Tablets seem to be everywhere these days. Everyone has their own version of the tablet and they all have their own features. While you will likely base your purchase based on what features are available now, it is a good idea to make sure that the tablet has expansion slots as well as USB ports so that if you need to buy add-ons later, you will be able to easily upgrade your tablet. Doing so protects you from having to worry about buying a new tablet every 6 months.

Proper Disposal Techniques

When it is time to get rid of your old tablet, it is a good idea to make sure that you are doing so correctly. The best way to make sure that you are disposing of it correctly is to call the manufacturer. Many will even offer a discount towards a new model if you turn over your old one. They can refurbish the equipment so that it is able to be resold. They can also properly recycle the material which cannot be reused.

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This Business article was written by Shannon Suetos on 2/16/2011

Shannon Suetos is the online editor at Resource Nation. She writes expert advice for small businesses and entrepreneurs.