You don’t need to invest in expensive ERP tools to run your business successfully. Fortunately, with the rise of technology, there is an app for almost anything you imagine. Using online web tools and mobile apps, small and mid-sized businesses can manage their businesses with a smaller budget, using fewer resources and still be very productive. Below are some of the benefits that these tools provide us.
- Increase Collaboration Among Employees: There are many apps which help employees collaborate online. Instead of cc’ing everyone on email when a new version of a document is available, using online document sharing tools or apps is much practical and prevents the older versions of documents to get lost. These tools also allow employees to work remotely and access their documents anytime they need so they can share the documents with their coworkers whenever they are. Therefore, work loss has been prevented.
- Makes Communication Easier: Especially online corporate chatting tools makes communicating between employees much easier and faster because communications are instant. Many apps provide push notifications so employees know when they are being sent a message even if they are on commute. Therefore, they don’t need to be in front of a computer all the time. Also, when using an online messaging tool, you can write in a more informal way compared to writing an email.
- Automation: Web tools and mobile apps help you to automate almost anything you want from your financial processes to marketing. Hence, wasted time due to repetitive and tedious tasks will reduce giving you more time to do your actual tasks. Moreover, in most apps and web tools, the information is saved on the cloud. For this reason, you don’t need to carry your usb stick around or save the information twice such as your computer first and then to your usb stick or external hard drive.
- Better Time Management: Mobile apps and online tools give us flexibility and overall this helps us to manage our time better. You take the control of your time and this empowers you to get your work done even in your free time such as while waiting on a line or riding on a bus or subway. Also, online scheduling tools and calendar apps lets you synch everything automatically. For example; when you book a flight online, it is saved to your calendar. Therefore, you don’t miss your meetings or appointments.