Cloud computing is where accounting practices are headed – but some accountants are leading the way and enjoying the benefits now.
The ‘cloud’ refers to the Internet. Instead of buying software and installing it directly on your computer, cloud software is simply accessed online.
I have been experimenting with some cloud applications over the past year. This is allowing me the opportunity to run my business from anywhere. Here are some of the applications we are using so far.
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 and 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.
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.
A free service that allows us file all our documents online. This is reducing our need for files and moving us to becoming a paperless office.
This is a brilliant online package which allows us to access our clients accounts at anytime. We are are now using it for our own accounts and rolling it out to our clients who love it. We are gradually moving towards being a 100% xero practice.
Receipts and invoices can be gathered, scanned, electronically stored and converted into useful data No more data entry! allowing more time to help clients make their business a success
The cheapest way to process your expenses, receipts and invoices – saving time and money plus it integrates seamlessly with Xero.
Finally you might also like to know that the cost of these applications is between zero and 20 euro per month and payable on a month to month basis with no fixed term.