There’s a lot of talk about Office 365 and its benefits for small businesses. The discussion focusses on a few really great benefits, such as; you get to keep using the same office software you are used to, you can work from anywhere, greater collaboration etc., but we’ve all heard these before.
Maybe these are not quite enough to convince you to take the step of investing in Office 365 as a solution for your business. There’s got to be more right?
Well there is. Here are 5 little talked about benefits of Office 365, that are extremely useful for small businesses:
1. You don’t need to be an IT expert
When running your business, your time is best spent focusing on what is going to make it succeed, rather than managing your IT. The admin side of Office 365 is designed so that it can be easily managed without knowing loads of IT lingo. The online portal gives you step-by-step instructions on how to add users and set up your account so your employees can quickly start using Office 365. There is also a great community of experts around Office 365, so if you are unsure about any aspect of it, you can find a host of video and online articles to help.
2. No more software licensing mess
Sorting out software licenses across your business can be a huge headache. Your employees can be working on completely different versions of software, depending on when they were set up and whether they got an upgraded version. The result of this is you don’t know how to bring everyone up to date so you’re all working on the same version. Office 365 includes all licensing and it can be rolled out company wide. Once done, this means all your employees are using the same software versions, and will get all the latest upgrades at the same time.
3. No matter what happens, you can stay up and running
A lot is made of the benefit that you can work from anywhere with cloud apps and storage, but not many people put this in the context that you can get at your stuff if something unplanned happens. Whether your server crashes, you lose connectivity, or worst case you have a fire at your office, then you can still access all your documents, apps and emails from somewhere. 40% percent of businesses do not re-open after a disaster, but being able to access all your important stuff gives you a massive advantage in keeping up and running.
4. Levelling the playing field
This is pretty cool for small businesses. Whether you are a small or large business, with Office 365 you get the same versions and features. Yes, you may have to purchase the Business Premium package to get a lot of the great apps and extras, but that is currently only a tiny additional cost per user. Your small business can use and access the matching up to date software tools as larger corporations, and get the same benefits of access on demand wherever you need it.
5. Predictable costs
If your business only has a small number of employees, or you have plans to grow, then having a flexible and scalable solution is incredibly useful. With flexible monthly billing you can add or decrease the number of users as you require. If you are looking to grow your business, then having this flexibility is perfect for budgeting within your growth strategy. You can predict the costs ahead of time, based on the headcount you expect to reach your growth targets.