4 ways to create a company culture of accountability

John Maxwell once said, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” While that may sound a bit cliché, it’s true. Especially in the workplace.

When you and your team come together, you can accomplish great things.

Part of working as a team is holding each other accountable. It’s not always fun or easy, but it doesn’t have to be torture. In fact, there are simple ways you can create a company culture of accountability.

To help you get started, we’ve created a list of our 4 favorite tactics.

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey

1. Stick to your core values.

Your team should embody your company’s core values. It’s one of the ways to make your business stand out from the competition. But if you want to hold your employees accountable to your values, you need to revisit them frequently.

At KME, we make it a habit to review one of our core values at our team meetings every week. We go over what our values mean to us, and how we can better exhibit these values in everything that we do.

2. Get to know your employees.

You don’t have to just talk shop with your team. Learn what your employees are passionate about and what’s going on in their lives outside the office.

At KME, we do something called “Mark Minutes.” Every few months, employees set up a meeting with Mark, our owner, to talk about what’s on their mind. “My team can come in and talk about anything. What’s going well, what isn’t, how they felt about the latest superhero movie . . . whatever they want,” Mark says.

When you can connect with your employees, they feel like they’re a part of what makes your company unique. That kind of human connection makes building a company culture of accountability in your business easier.

3. The door. Leave it open.

Just like you need to hold your team accountable, they need to know that they can hold you accountable, too. Make sure your employees know they can come talk to you about anything at any time.

“When your teammate looks you in the eye and holds you accountable, that’s the greatest kind of leadership there is.” – Doug Collins

Mark says, “Accountability is a two-way street. If my team has constructive criticism, I want to hear it. It doesn’t matter when. My door’s always open.”

Employees feel valued when you are willing to hear their point of view. And in our experience, the more appreciated your employees feel, the harder they’re willing to work.

4. Celebrate when your team wins.

There will always be projects to tackle and obstacles to overcome. But it’s important you take time to celebrate your team’s victories along the way.

Take a few minutes during your next company meeting to give a shout out to high-performing employees. It tells your team that you appreciate and recognize hard work.

Simple recognition goes a long way toward showing your employees you care about their success.

Promoting company culture in your business.

Accountability in the workplace starts with you—your company’s leadership.

When your employees see that you give a damn about them and the success of your business, they respect you. When your team respects you, they’re more likely to stand together and stick around.

That’s a powerful recipe for strong company culture.

6 basic tech tips you should absolutely train your employees to do

So you’re not a techie, huh?

It doesn’t matter. You can still train your staff to use your IT systems without a so-called “expert.” Here are six basic things you can pass onto your employees that will make them more tech-savvy in your workplace. They’ll soon call you a computer guru!

1. Restart a computer by using the keyboard

Want to improve employee training? This one’s really straightforward. Pressing and holding down the “Ctrl,” “Alt” and “Delete” keys on a keyboard for a few seconds will restart a computer. If software suddenly malfunctions, this quick tip will let your staff reboot your computers and start fresh.

2. Send emails from a mobile device

Staff can send emails from their smartphone or tablets in or out of the office — all they need is an internet connection. Depending on the make and model of their phone, employees can download email apps from the App or Google Play stores, sign up for a new account (or enter their login details) and send messages to clients and colleagues. Yes, it’s that simple! Share this tip in your employee training.

3. Use Office 365

Office 365 is Microsoft’s suite of business productivity tools, which includes Office, OneNote and SharePoint. It’s an essential app for your small business — companies save about 30 minutes of lost productivity per user, per day, according to research. Your staff can use Office 365 on a desktop, laptop or mobile device to create presentations, write documents and share resources.

4. Improve employee training by teaching staff to use a VoIP phone

VoIP phones allow your employees to interact over the internet. It functions just a regular phone, but it works out significantly cheaper and facilitates communication. Using one of these devices is simple. Your staff can make and transfer calls just like they would with a normal handset. A screen on the device lets employees check call histories and directories.

5. Take a screenshot on a desktop or laptop

Your staff might need to take a screenshot when working on a desktop or laptop. They just need to hit the “Print Screen” key on a keyboard, open up an editing program like Microsoft Paint and click “Paste.” You can teach them this simple hack during employee training.

6. Add a bookmark

Internet bookmarks let your employees save their favorite websites so they can access them at a later date. On Google Chrome, users can click the Star icon in the address bar at the top of the screen. They can then access their bookmarks from the “Settings” menu. Over on Internet Explorer, users should head over the website they want to save, click “Favorites” in the top menu bar and then click on “Add to Favorites.”

These six simple tips will help your staff become more tech-smart in the office. While some of them might seem obvious, it’s still worth sharing this information with your staff in your employee training program.

Research shows that 36% of 18-34-year-olds and 25% of those over 55 find workplace technology stressful. If a little bit of tech know-how brings those stress levels down, we’re all for it.

5 ways to get your team involved in giving back to Orange County charities

At their core, human beings need two things in life: purpose and connection. We need to feel like we’re contributing to the greater good. That we’re a part of a community.

Volunteering as a team means we can accomplish more. It satisfies our desire for purpose and fosters our sense of belonging. We truly are better together.

“We rise by lifting others.” —Robert Ingersoll

Making an impact with your team.

Getting your employees involved in giving back is a great way to spend time together and make the world a better place.

Our final post of this series is all about how to share your passion for charity work with your team. Antis Roofing & Waterproofing’s Director of Cause, Susan DeGrassi, is back with 5 ways you can get started giving back to Orange County Charities.

#1: Pick causes that matter to your employees.

Take the time to learn what causes are important to your team. When you ask employees what they care about, they’re more likely to join in on charitable efforts.

Hold a company-wide brainstorm to decide nonprofits you want to work with or donate to. There may be cultural causes that are near and dear to your team. Or maybe they know of someone in the local community you can help.

The Antis team is passionate about helping animals. (We are, too!) They frequently donate to nonprofits that help furry friends in need. And recently, they did a “take your dog to work” day. It was a big hit!

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” —Winston Churchill

#2: Hand out “giving cards.”

A great way to further personalize giving back is by rewarding your employees with nonprofit donations.

At Antis, they have a “Live to Give” campaign. Each week, they recognize an outstanding employee with a “giving card.” This card represents a donation an employee can give to a nonprofit of their choice. The following week, the recognized team member tells the rest of the team about the charity they chose.

Susan says, “there’s an ongoing, kind of fun dynamic about it.” People get excited. They make more of an effort at work so they can help make a bigger impact in the local community.

#3: Offer paid and unpaid volunteer time.

Letting your team give back during business hours shows you’re committed to bettering the local community. You become more credible and gain employee respect.

Antis gives their team paid volunteer time every year. Employees can use these hours to volunteer anywhere they’d like. Antis also lets their staff take unpaid time off for volunteer activities. If employees want to go on a mission trip or volunteer abroad, they can!

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” —Mahatma Gandhi

#4: Make a day of it.

Pick a slow time of year and schedule a company-wide volunteer day. Take part in a Habitat for Humanity build, volunteer at a children’s hospital, or help out your local food pantry. There are plenty of Orange County charities that need your help!

When you spend time giving back together, you strengthen your team’s bond. And that shows back at the office.

#5: Reflect.

At the end of the year, create an infographic that highlights how your team gave back to Orange County charities. Include how many nonprofits you helped, volunteer activities you did, and how much time you spent bettering the local community. It’s a fun way to commemorate all the good you accomplished.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” —Anne Frank

Start giving back to Orange County charities.

Early on, it may be challenging to get employees involved in giving back. Susan advises, “Building a company culture that embraces giving back means being in it for the long haul.”

So keep at it. And don’t forget to have fun. Every little bit makes a difference in your local community and in the morale of your team.

4 creative ways to give back to Orange County charities

You don’t have to give on the level of corporations like Coca-Cola or General Electric to have a positive impact. Making small donations to local nonprofits and getting involved on a grassroots level go a long way toward making the world a better place.

“To move forward, you have to give back.” —Oprah Winfrey

Innovative ways you can contribute.

In our first post of this series, we interviewed Antis Roofing & Waterproofing’s Director of Cause, Susan DeGrassi, on how to get started giving back. She’s back with 4 creative ways your business can contribute to the local community.

#1: Offer pro bono services to nonprofits.

A nonprofit’s staff and budget are both limited. If your business provides a service that can benefit a local charity, consider extending it to them. No strings attached.

“Happiness doesn’t come from commercial success but from the quality of work that you give back to your immediate community.” —Adrian Grenier

But remember, your time is still worth money. “Calculate the cost of providing your services for free before giving monetarily,” DeGrassi advises. This lets you maximize your giving without going over your charitable budget.

At KME, we help local charities by analyzing their internet and phone statements free of charge. Our senior-level voice engineers look at their statements and see how we can lower their bill. It’s a simple way we can use our expertise to help nonprofits save money.

#2: Volunteer at a school.

Consider donating your time and expertise to local schools through a program like Junior Achievement. You’ll be able to help students learn life skills they wouldn’t normally get in standard curriculum—like balancing a checkbook or coding.

Note that the district will require a background check before you can come on campus. But it’s a fairly simple process that can be done entirely online.

“Giving is not about making a donation. It is about making a difference.” —Kathy Calvin

#3: Use your office space for after-hours events.

Don’t let your office space go to waste. Host a networking event for local SMBs at your office and charge each attendant a small entry fee. After the event, donate the profits to a charity of your choice.

You can also let nonprofits use your space after hours for a meeting, special event, or fundraiser.

#4: Organize a charity drive.

Call ahead to your local food bank or shelter and ask them what items they currently need. Let your employees and other nearby businesses know about the drive and encourage them to make donations.

You can also use part of your budget to buy a few bigger-ticket items like coats, electronics, or furniture.

“To do more for the world than the world does for you—that is success.” —Henry Ford

Up Next

Charitable work is a great way to spend time with your team and make an impact. In our final post of this three-part series, we’ll explore how to get your employees involved in giving back to Orange County charities.

My New Managed Service Provider Just Told Me I Need a Bunch of New Technology

 

Are They NUTS?!

 

No, they’re not nuts. Let’s assume you’ve done your research, interviewed several managed service provider (MSP) candidates and decided you are best aligned with a certain provider. When presented with the contract pricing, you may notice major remediation fees listed.

Basically, they scrap part of your network, backup system, servers, and maybe even your phone system, as well.

If you thought the provider would bring added value, you may be feeling duped. Especially if spending thousands of dollars right off the bat was not part of the plan. You might be tempted to think they must not understand your firm or your needs.

The truth is, you’ve actually picked the right MSP. They’re proving it to you at the outset of the partnership between your firms.

“Companies [that partner with MSPs] typically see four key benefits: improved operational performance, reduced operational risk, cost avoidance and accelerated innovation.” – Forbes

Why it’s a good sign.

Part of an MSP’s due diligence is to examine the technology a prospective client currently owns. Improperly managed clients typically have a mix of technology vendors due to having a mix of technology that was on sale online or that was cheap and readily available.

A strong managed service provider will want you to replace these seemingly cost-effective solutions with ones that they understand and have years of knowledge supporting. This is a good thing. Now your MSP can support your business based upon what they already know.

That doesn’t mean everything has to be replaced at once. MSPs understand budget constraints. But they should put an approved implementation plan in place and meet with you quarterly to improve this plan.

Replacing old technology.

You’re hiring a MSP to help your organization be more IT-efficient. Part of that process is understanding that some of your technology may appear to be running fine but, in fact, has been masking underlying problems that have been there all along.

Good managed service providers will ferret this out, document it and provide a solution.

“72% of SMB decision makers say that technology solutions can help them significantly improve business outcomes and/or run the business better.” – SMB Group

An MSP that is operationally mature will have strong processes in place to help support your firm. One of these processes is to make sure the client is running their internal organization on a solid technology base that the MSP already knows and can support 24 hours a day.

The replacement process can be gradual, but a good MSP will present solid reasons to replace failed, incompatible or outdated technologies in your firm. Remember, you are entering into a long-term partnership with your chosen MSP, so strategic planning and understanding of any new spending is a must.

Your managed service provider wants you to succeed.

If you answered yes to the opening question (Are they nuts?!), hopefully this article helped you realize that the managed service provider you chose is probably doing the right thing and using their experience to help you in the long term.

They’re not just acting crazy.

For more information on our craziness, give us a shout. We give a damn about your business and want to help you choose the technology that works best for your goals.

Your 4-Step Quick Start Guide for Giving Back to Orange County Charities

One of the best ways to make a positive impact on society is by giving back to your local community. Giving back isn’t just a marketing tactic or tax write off. It’s an investment in others. It shows you care about making the world a better place to live.

“Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best.” – Robert Baden-Powell

At KME, we understand the importance of giving back. We’re serious about finding ways to get involved with Orange County charities because we really do give a damn about helping our local community.

In this post, we’re going to show how your business can get started giving back to the local community, too. And we’d like to begin by bragging on another local business.

We deeply admire Antis Roofing & Waterproofing for their community service program. They’ve done a lot to help Orange County charities. So much so that we’ve learned a lot just from paying attention to what they do. We think you’ll find it helpful, too.

The Antis story.

Shortly after opening his business in 1989, Charles Antis visited the home of a single mother and her seven children. Upon arrival, he discovered that their roof was leaking. Unfortunately, the family could not afford a new one.

Horrified that a young mother and her six children were sleeping on moldy bedding and breathing in toxic air, Charles decided to do something about it. Although he was still a struggling entrepreneur, he managed to gather low-cost roofing materials and a group of volunteers to give the family a new roof—for free.

Since then, Charles and his company have donated roof installations for every Habitat for Humanity of Orange County home. That’s half a million dollars’ worth.

They also sponsor a family room at the Ronald McDonald house, volunteer their time, raise funds, and are involved on the boards of nonprofit organizations in their community. Taking into account money, time and effort, their total contributions are both staggering and inspiring.

How your business can help Orange County charities.

We interviewed Antis’ Director of Cause, Susan DeGrassi. She shared some excellent ideas on how any business can begin making a difference for Orange County charities. Below is DeGrassi’s 4-step quick start guide.

1. Choose your cause.

What are you passionate about? What are your core values—the things that matter most? Or, as DeGrassi would say, “Find the thing that speaks to your heart.”

Once you find that thing, determine where it intersects with what your company already does. At KME, we use our passion for technology to help orange county charities cut costs on their broadband bills. How can you use your talents and skills to help the local community?

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

2. Set your budget.

As a business owner, you already understand how important budgets are. A financial plan is just as important for charitable work as it is for ROI.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

If you’re serious about giving back, there are two ways to approach budgeting. The first option is to set up a donor-advised fund. A donor-advised fund acts as a charitable investment account. You get the tax benefits of allocating money for charitable work without the time-commitment of establishing a foundation. And you can contribute to it over time, using funds to support different charities.

If you’re operating with a considerably larger budget (think millions) you can start your own foundation. This option requires a lot more time and greater resource investment than a donor-advised fund but has the potential to do more to help the community in the long run.

3. Pick a partner.

DeGrassi cautions, “It’s hard to be engaged with multiple nonprofits.” Working with more than one charity can dilute your focus and spread your resources too thin. It’s best to hone in on only one.

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

Do your research. Read potential partners’ mission statements. Who aligns with your values? What specific services are provided? How are donor funds used?

It’s also important to be pragmatic. Consider things like location and hours of operation. Choosing a charity that’s an hour’s drive away or only open on weekends may make it difficult for you and your team to plug in.

4. Start . . . And Don’t Stop!

It’s one thing to put together a plan. It’s another to follow through. Many businesses want to give back, but charitable work is often the first thing to fall by the wayside when things get chaotic. And things will get chaotic. That’s life.

To avoid dropping the ball, set a goal for yourself and stick to it. Make monthly commitments—a specific amount of money you’ll give, a number of charitable projects you’ll work, or a number of volunteer hours you’ll provide. And then set aside time and resources to meet your goal.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Up Next

There are a lot of ways your business to give back to the local community. In the next section of this three-part series, we’ll explore some of the more creative methods for making a difference.

Cryptocurrency, encryption and all security software could soon be useless

What if cybercriminals could hack all cryptocurrency, data encryption methods and security software in the time it takes you to sneeze?

That’d be pretty crazy.

But here’s the thing. That’s entirely possible. Quantum computing (sometimes also called Y2Q) can be a powerful tool in the hands of cybercriminals—whether they’re after cryptocurrency or data.

“Quantum computers are predicted within five years to be able to essentially crack the algorithms that protect cryptocurrencies.” —Steemit

A very basic definition of quantum computing.

Quantum computers use quantum bits (known as qubits) instead of regular bits to process information. That makes quantum computers fast.

How fast? Well, they can solve problems that are far too complex for a normal computer. Quantum computers can also store extremely large amounts of information. All of that makes them perfect for big jobs—like hacking cryptocurrency keys.

“Quantum computers . . . could easily decrypt the advanced encryption we use widely. So even if encrypted data is safe from today’s hackers, it’s potentially vulnerable to hackers of the future.” —Wired

Governments, financial institutions and security vendors are all taking note. And you should, too.

How much should I worry about my cryptocurrency, network and data security?

Major IT firms like Microsoft, Google, IBM and others are hard at work developing quantum computing technology. And DWave, a quantum computing company, has already created a quantum computer and quantum computing software ecosystem.

Quantum computers will be mainstream before you know it.

And while that may seem scary in light of the potential security concerns, you shouldn’t be too worried. That’s because advancements in quantum computing won’t just give hackers more tools. We’ll have enhanced network security solutions, too.

In fact, IT providers are currently hard at work developing new encryption methods, cryptocurrency protection features, and processes to safeguard your sensitive information.

“In a world where processing power is often a bottleneck, breaking the quantum barrier is expected to lead to huge benefits for businesses and society at large.” —Forbes

Learn more about quantum computing.

If you’re interested in learning more about quantum computing, there’s a ton of information out there. Plus, a baseline understanding will help you navigate coming advancements.

Quartz has a quick 2-minute primer on the subject. In it, you’ll learn more about Qubits and how a theory about a cat is involved.

Wired’s “Quantum computing is the next big security risk” takes an in-depth look at how quantum computing has the potential to rock national security. And Technology Review’s “Serious quantum computers are finally here. What are we going to do with them?” further explores both the negative and positive effects quantum computing will have on IT as we know it.

If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you can check out this video done by MIT and IBM.

And remember, you can always reach out to us if you have questions about quantum computing. We may not have all of the answers. But we’ll do our best to help you navigate these advancements and make the right IT decisions for your business.

Your Superhero Suit, Part 5

Supervillains are constantly scheming, forever plotting new ways to undermine our favorite heroes. Superheroes expect this though, and they adapt.

In The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman has Lucius Fox create state-of-the-art gadgets so he can continue defeating the Joker. Daredevil spends hours on end training at Fogwell’s Gym so he’s prepared to kick Kingpin’s ass. The Ninja Turtles consult with Master Splinter so they can strategically take down Shredder.

“We choose what holds us back and moves us forward.” —Master Splinter, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

These heroes do everything in their power to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

Conquer any obstacle.

Similarly, you need to proactively plan for challenges like evolving compliance regulations, emerging cyberthreats, and business growth. Knowing how to overcome these hurdles is hard, especially when technology is constantly changing.

“Our ancestors called it magic but you call it science. I come from a land where they are one and the same.” —Thor, Thor

You need technology to remain competitive in today’s marketplace. But you don’t need to agonize over finding the best way to use tech in your business. That’s what we’re here for. We’re your outsourced CIO.

Here’s what that means.

Strategic Planning

Failing to plan is planning to fail. It’s cliche, but it’s true. And who has time for failure? Not you. With KME, failure is not an option.

To combat defeat, we review your current IT setup and identify areas that need an upgrade. We use this information, along with your needs and objectives, to create a plan customized for your success.

Efficient Budgeting

IT solutions aren’t cheap. Let’s just get that out on the table. But they don’t have to be unaffordable, either.

We’ll help you get the most bang for your buck by choosing technology that keeps you on budget and on track to meet your goals.

Vendor Management

Your business network is made up of different IT solutions, all of which have different vendors. Managing these vendors is time-consuming.

KME’s got you covered. We’ll oversee all of your solution providers so you can focus on running your business.

Quarterly Business Reviews

Every 90 days, we meet with you to go over how we’re doing, where your business is headed, and what we can do to help get you there.

And since nobody enjoys unwelcome surprises (especially of the expensive variety), we review which technology is going out of warranty or needs to be updated within the next year, adjusting our approach accordingly.

Do you need a suit?

Superheroes don’t have to don their suits to save the day. But wearing them certainly helps.

Take Tony Stark for example.

He’s still smart and capable without his suit on. But wearing his famous red and gold armor, he can handle any obstacle that he encounters.

Look, you’ve gotten this far without a custom superhero suit. And that’s great! Seriously. But just think of the greatness you could accomplish with the help of an IT support team.

With KME, you’ll get the IT strategy, reliable support, and rock-solid network setup you need to reach your goals. Combine that with your industry expertise, and there’s no limit to what you can achieve.

“The greatest power on earth is the magnificent power all of us possess … the power of the human brain!” — Professor X, X-Men Vol. 1 #2

All you need to do is send out the call and we’ll be there. Because we give a damn.

Let’s take on the future together.

Related Blogs: Our Superhero Suit Series

Your Superhero Suit, Part 4

Everyone knows Tony Stark is Iron Man. He’s not exactly shy about it.

And while Tony’s really smart and skilled in the art of kickin’ ass and takin’ names (specifically those of supervillains), he has help from his trusty computerized sidekick, J.A.R.V.I.S. While J.A.R.V.I.S. is short for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System,” we’d argue J.A.R.V.I.S. isn’t just any other computer system.

While Tony is out saving citizens and fighting for the greater good, J.A.R.V.I.S. is in the background making sure Tony’s superhero suit is functioning as it should.

At KME, we’re not just any other managed service provider, either. We’re the J.A.R.V.I.S. to your Iron Man, providing the reliable, behind-the-scenes IT support you need to reach your goals.

IT support that makes a difference.

IT support takes the burden of minor issues and complicated technology projects off of your shoulders, so you can focus on more important matters.

There are several different kinds of support available. Different businesses will opt for different kinds based on their strengths and weaknesses. Being aware of both will help you on your quest for greatness.

Helpdesk Support

Unlimited, remote IT support. On demand. Sounds nice, right? That’s what helpdesk support is. Forget your password? We’ll reset it. Accidentally delete documents? Consider them recovered. Faced with the blue screen of death? We’ve got you.

We handle all your minor technology issues so you can focus on helping customers and completing projects.

Onsite Support

We don’t subscribe to the break-fix philosophy. Why wait until something actually goes wrong before taking action? Our goal is to provide proactive hardware maintenance, extending the life of your technology.

In the event your hardware does fail, we’ll be there. We can also help with more complex IT projects like implementations and infrastructure redesigns.

“We get back to work for the people who need us. And if we have to, we do it all over.” Spectrum, Mighty Avengers Vol.2, #14

Business Continuity Planning

There’s no way to protect your network from every possible threat. There will be times when downtime is inevitable. So, you need a disaster recovery plan.

The experts at KME can help you design a strategy to get back up and running when crisis strikes. That’s the only way to maintain your productivity and your reputation.

That’s how you accomplish your mission.

Related Blog: The Complete Guide to Business IT Support

Support you can rely on.

What good is an IT provider if you can’t get ahold of them? Or you’re left wondering when an issue will be resolved?

Whatever level of support you choose, it needs to be reliable. There should be open lines of communication for problem resolution, project completion, and data restoration.

Just like J.A.R.V.I.S. is committed to providing Iron Man with the support he needs to save the day, we’re committed to providing you with dependable IT support so you can focus on growing your business.

And we’re damn good at it.

“I’m the best there is at what I do.” Wolverine, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Up Next

In the final installment of this five-part-series, we’ll explore how to keep your business current with continually evolving technology.

Until then, we leave you with this. You are your company’s hero.We’re your sidekick, providing you with the support you need to accomplish greatness.

Want to see how we can support your goals? Allow us to assist.

Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Geek in Your Life

You did it.

You waited until the last minute and now you have to scramble to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other—something that embodies the subtle complexity of your heart’s desire . . . without breaking the bank.

It’s a tall order. But if your sweetie happens to dig on tech toys, you’re in luck. Below you’ll find a list of some great Valentine’s Day gift options that say “I love you” with uniquely geeky flare.

This Is a Casual Thing – Under $25

Architec Tablet Stone

The Architec Tablet Stone comes in multiple colors and provides a beautiful solution to a basic problem—how to prop up your tablet when you need your hands free. It’s great for everything from cooking together to chilling and watching a movie.

Cube Key Finder

Does your new romantic interest struggle to keep up with those pesky car keys? Say no more. The Cube Key Finder will help them find their keys in a jiffy using a handy app on their smartphone.

We’ve Been Together for a While – Under $200

Google Home Mini

The smart speaker market exploded last year, with estimated growth of approximately 300% compared to 2016. If your sweetheart is ready to embrace the idea of the smart home, you can make that dream a reality for as little as 50 bucks.

Skagen Hybrid Smart Watch – His/Hers

There’s something almost magical about a stylish smartwatch. If your valentine is on the prowl for a timepiece that looks like a classic but performs like a high-tech beast, Skagen has several models to choose from—all of them affordably priced.

APEMAN Mini Video Projector

It wasn’t that long ago that a reliable, high-quality, portable video projector would have cost thousands. Now you can snag one for under $200. Want to take date night on the road and watch a movie somewhere romantic? It’s totally possible.

Ready to Make an Impression – Under $500

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Available in nine different colors, Beats Solo3 headphones offer unparalleled sound quality with style. Not only that but with 40 hours of battery life, your significant other won’t have to hassle with cords getting in the way.

Kindle Oasis E-reader

E-readers are great. They’re convenient, far easier on the eyes than reading on a tablet, and they can hold literally thousands of books. It’s kind of a reader’s dream. And the Kindle E-Reader is more or less the cream of the crop. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.

Go Big or Go Home – No Limit

Tesla Roadster

Billed as “the quickest car in the world,” the Tesla Roadster can do 0-60 in 1.9 seconds. Vroom-vroom. Of course, all that speed isn’t cheap. Be ready to put down a $50,000 deposit just to get on the waitlist. But man, oh, man, what a ride.

An Out-Of-This-World Trip

Literally. For a cool quarter-million, you can give the love of your life the opportunity to become an astronaut aboard Virgin Galactic’s six-passenger spaceship. To date, more than 700 tickets have been sold. One thing’s for sure—this gift is unique.

C Seed 262

There are TVs and there are TVs. We can assure you, the C Seed 262 is well beyond anything you’ll find at your local Best Buy. With a 262-inch screen, it’s the largest 4K TV in the world—and at over $500K, it costs more than most homes. Who’s ready to Netflix and chill?