Today there are so many business apps out there it can be hard keeping up with new releases and knowing which are the best for your business.
Cloud computing is transforming the way many businesses are working, enabling SME’s to replace many of their on-site IT packages, with software that is easily accessible from anywhere with just an internet connection. It’s also allowed for greater flexibility, as rather than paying up front for systems that businesses may be unsure they will fully utilise, you are able to get what you need for just the price of a few subscriptions.
Just doing a quick search, either on the app store or online, you can find Software as a Service (SaaS) tools for everything your business could need.
So where do you begin?
We’ve put together a list of 10 cloud apps & services that can help your business with everything from accounting, HR, team collaboration and more.
10 Brilliant Cloud Apps & Services For SME’s
If you are not experienced at accounts, or just want to get them done easily so you can continue your focus on other areas of your business then QuickBooks can help. Along with real-time dashboards so you can see how your business is doing at a glance, QuickBooks can monitor cash flow, customise invoices, run payroll, create VAT returns and create the business reports you require.
MozyPro is the ultimate ‘set it & forget it’ solution for online back-up of any kind – images, video, documents etc. You can use MozyPro to back up your Company’s data whether you have just a few files, or hundreds of GB’s of data. Another plus is that you can back-up, and access your back-up from anywhere, so you don’t always need to be on site.
Office 365 is your go-to office anywhere. You and your team can work anywhere, anytime and on any device – in real time. You also get the familiar Microsoft Office applications you use every day and always the latest version.
Getting your customer services & experience right is crucial for SME’s. The customer experience you provide can set you apart from the bigger players in your market, giving you a competitive advantage. Survey Monkey enables you to create easy and quick customer feedback forms, that can be delivered on whatever device your customers choose.
If you are constantly having to post, scan or even fax (yes it’s still used) documents for partners or stakeholders to sign, then DocuSign can replace this. It replaces all of these by enabling you to sign, send and manage documents, anytime, anywhere and on any device.
Evernote is the place to store and gather everything that matters, so that you can get on and get projects done. Clip web articles, capture handwritten notes and snap photos of whiteboards of your project. As you add more into Evernote you can still keep track and find everything you need using text search.
With Skype you can call and chat, with or without video to other Skype users for free. You can also call landlines for a small fee. SME’s can use Skype to keep in touch across mobile teams and with internal communications. Your colleagues and customers can meet without leaving their offices, saving you both time and money.
For SME’s one of the top priorities is maintaining links with your customers. MailChimp lets you do this through create beautifully designed email newsletters and offers in minutes. The free version allows you to send a certain number of emails in a month, but this may be enough for your business. Not only that but MailChimp’s analytics will show you which of your offers did well and what your customers like to hear about.
Think of Yammer as a Company intranet with much greater functionality. Yes, you can still post news, announcements etc., but Yammer can be used for a whole lot more in your internal communications strategy. Yammer is your company’s private social network, where your teams can stay on top of important Company issues, connect with people across your business and collaborate on team projects.
The success of your company is about managing your employees — not paper. By focusing on simplicity and ease of use, breatheHR is a cloud HR software solution designed to tame the chaos so that you can get out from behind the desk and lead your people.
If you’re an SME then we believe that you should check out some of these apps, as they could save you time and increase productivity. However, this list is by no means exhaustive. Every business is different and has different needs, but whatever those needs are, there are plenty of cloud apps and services out there to match your requirements.