In the past few years running a business has been transformed by the cloud. Cloud based companies are changing the way companies operate and how they succeed.
I’ve been experimenting with some business applications that reside “in the cloud”–geek talk for software you access from the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. This is allowing me the opportunity to run my business from anywhere. Here are a few of the applications we are using so far:
1. Xero accounts
This is a brilliant package which allows you to access your business accounts anywhere anytime. We are are now using it for our own accounts and rolling it out to our clients who love it.
2. Google Docs
Some of our staff work remotely so working on Google Docs is ideal for us. We never have the problem of simultaneously editing the same document and losing track of which version is the latest.
3. Survey Monkey
Survey Monkey makes it easy to get feedback from contacts. You create a questionnaire using their templates, and then ask your contacts to complete the survey via e-mail or a social media platform like Linkedin.
4. Capsule CRM
I use Capsule to keep track of the people and companies I do business with, communications with them, opportunities in the pipeline, and what needs to be done when.
This is an online package that’s great for email marketing and newsletters and linking these with social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
A free service that lets people bring their documents, photos and videos everywhere and share them easily. It allows us file all our documents online.
7. Hootsuite and Bufferapp
These are 2 free online applications that I use to control social media updates for Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. I use them in preference to desktop applications because they can be accessed when I am on the move.
What other applications am I missing?
I’m sure you’ve discovered more tools than I have. Please let me know your favorite online applications for running your business so that I can expand this guide.