Running a small business and taking it to new heights can be challenging. Delegating tasks to employees and staying on top of expenses is overwhelming, especially while running an SMB. There is hope. Making use of business tools will get your business on the right track and give you enough boost to accelerate its growth in no time!
Category: Web Apps
The ways in which businesses incorporate technology and software into their day-to-day activities has changed drastically over the past decade. The internet has revolutionized company-client relationships, opening-up new avenues of communication & marketing opportunities, and helping businesses of all sizes to reach their target demographics in a variety of ways their predecessors never would have dreamed possible thirty years ago.
Until recently, the daily integration of voice recognition applications existed only in science fiction. Then came Siri, Apple’s famous attempt to invent its own voice recognition environment and bring it to the masses. It’s a great start, but Siri isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and most of us can see that voice recognition has a long way to go before it’s really ready for prime time.
Our company has been using Voice Over IP phone systems for many years. We were lured by promises of convenience and mobility.
Indeed, we love that we can get work calls while out of the office on business – or even pleasure for that matter, that our remote employees can all use the same phone system, that we can check our call history online, and that we can forward calls based on various options. These would all be great features if they were fail safe but, unfortunately, they’re not.
Contributed by JT Ripton.
Technological innovation has changed what we know about the age-old office and has given employees the ability and flexibility to work and be productive from home. Mobility is the name of the game now, and if you have employees working remotely, there are a host of powerful apps designed to help the business person run his company efficiently and effectively.
Freelancing can be a lonely endeavor. If you’re fresh out of an office environment, it can be overwhelming to realize that you have only one person to depend on. There are no sick days, no trading assignments, and no handling the boring stuff like invoicing or tracking down slow paying customers.
Years ago I knew an entrepreneur in the construction industry who needed some serious help organizing his life and business. I remember seeing stacks and stacks of paper on the two desks in his office. I tried helping him sort through his papers and found bills months overdue, threatening letters, outdated offers – important papers amidst countless unimportant ones. The filing cabinets in the home office were mostly empty but for a few old and irrelevant records; the trucks were out on the roads uninsured, unregistered, or both; the mortgage payments on his two houses were not even covering interest.
If only he had known that he could have used his blackberry and laptop to keep track of just about all of his business and personal needs. Just about everything one needs to keep track of can be done with online applications nowadays. There are thousands of them out there to help with everything from customer leads to finance to organizing your home library. Mashable compiled a comprehensive list of 100+ applications to organize everything under the sun. If you have time to sift through this tome, however, check out my short list which includes apps that most of us can use.