If you use a Mac for your small business, it's important to keep it running efficiently. A slow Mac can affect your productivity and the speed at which you conduct business. Unless your computer is brand new, your Mac can slow down under normal use as you fill up the hard drive with files and media and run multiple programs at the same time. Adding additional RAM, freeing up hard drive space, restarting the computer or upgrading your storage can all speed up a slow Mac.
Give Your Mac a Break
Even though your Mac was designed to run a long time without needing to be shut down or restarted, restart the computer if it has been a few weeks. Restarting the Mac clears any used RAM and other temporary files that are slowing down your system and causing Mac OS X to run inefficiently. Restarting the computer only takes a few minutes from start to finish but save any files or programs you have open before doing so. You may find restarting is all you need to do to speed up your Mac.
Add More Memory
If your Mac is a few years old, it may be time to start looking at new hardware to speed up your system. The amount of RAM that came with your computer may no longer be sufficient to keep up with the programs that you run. You can see the amount of RAM currently installed by clicking on "About This Mac" at the top left of your desktop. You can only add as much RAM as your computer will support, so verify what your Mac can support before purchasing additional memory. Visit an Apple or local computer store if you have any questions about upgrading.
Reorganize Your Files
An old Mac can accumulate a lot of files that may no longer be necessary to you or your business. Clean up your computer by removing programs and files that you no longer need or use. In addition, if you've accumulated deleted files or programs in the trash, clear those out. If you are still short on space, it may be time to upgrade to a bigger hard drive or move files to an external drive. Solid-state drives tend to run faster than standard hard drives and can speed up your Mac.
Apple notifies you whenever software updates are available for download. Some updates can only be installed when the computer is restarted, so follow any prompts when updating your Mac. If a new version of Mac OS X becomes available, look at the system requirements before updating. If your Mac barely meets the minimum requirements for the update, you may find that your computer runs slower and is less efficient than it was with a previous version of OS X installed.