Managing Your Small Business With Online Software

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The way we conduct out everyday business transactions is constantly undergoing a series of changes. Successful business is usually dependent on understanding and adapting to the needs of the consumers and the general situation of the world. The world we live in now is shaped by the astounding technology that develops at a very rapid rate daily. Therefore, it is not surprising the the process of conducting business changes regularly too to suit the current technological situation.Before the advent of technological resources like computers and softwares like Microsoft Excel, business was usually conducted with typewriters and calculators.


Now you may wonder how they used to do some of the things we take for granted now. You may wonder how they set up a schedule and file all relevant tasks, files and paper work without the help of computers and modern day technology. May even wonder how file transfers were done before emails and how distant call conferences were conducted without the aid of modern video conferencing mediums like Skype.


Well, you will be right to assume that doing such tasks that was time consuming and back breaking work. Sometimes, the refiling of paper works could take years. Especially for public institutions where they have a lot of customer data to process. Then, relevant information was usually transferred from place to place through mail and what we have nowadays that takes seconds to transfer usually takes weeks before it is delivered to the recipient. Therefore, the companies had to submit the relevant information as early as possible to their clients so that they could get on with their jobs and file paper works promptly.


Even the calculators of the time could not perform the functions that modern calculators do with relative ease. Every computation and written output had to be recorded manually with on paper. They were all handwritten. Spreadsheets that we do virtually today via softwares like Excel used to be done on paper. All accounting records were recorded !annually in ledger books and this gave rise to filing state!s that kept archived records and inventories.


The work them required every employee and member of staff to be meticulous since a lot of mistakes then would leave marks. Literally.Even the basic tasks that we see as mundane now required so much effort. And despite all the meticulous and laborious record keeping them, they were still not as effective as what modern day workers would do with computers quite easily and in less time. Nowadays, the change is apparent. Businesses today have evolved from what they used to be decades ago. A lot of this development can be attributed to the effects of technological development.


The softwares designed for business have witnessed significant improvement over the years and this has led to increased integration and efficiency in businesses. The era of office runners who pass information from desk to desk is long gone and it has been replaced with business software that are much more efficient. These softwares also conduct business tasks in a much faster way. The period when records used to be kept in stacks upon stacks of papers in a large room has now been replaced with software that can do a good job of filing documents, works and informatiom without any hassle.


These new softwares can also transfer files, data, and information across continents in a matter of minutes. A couple of decades back, the very same thing would have taken weeks or months to deliver. Some of the tools you can employ as a small business owner are:


ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

 

Freshbook
This program is usually used for online invoicing. It has a simple interface that makes it very easy to navigate even to the least computer savvy business owner. It is also used for expense services and time tracking.

 

Wave Accounting
This resource is use to manage business receipts. Another advantage is the fact that it is a free software. There is no need to pay for regular updates and most of the plugins are also available for free download. It is a useful tool for managing payroll.

 

Expensify
Get a handle on all of your business expenses and invoices so you can concentrate on more important things.

 

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

 

ZenDesk
This tool is used to create support boards and to streamline the business's customer service interface.
Also, it can be used to streamline response time.

 

GetSatisfaction
GetSatisfaction is a customer community platform that is useful for engaging customers and users.
It can also be used to measure feedback and provide technical support.


SurveyMonkey
This tool is useful for conducting market research. It can also be used to measure customer satisfaction and desires. 

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

 

ZipRecruiter
This tool is useful for recruiting new talent for a vacancy. It can be used to screen resumes, conduct cross job board posting and develop a point based score chart that will enable you to find the right person for the job 

 

Intelius
Intelius is that software that will ensure that the new guy you hired for accounting was not sentenced to jail for engaging in child pornography and distribution of banned content. The tool performs background checks on shortlisted employees. It examines their criminal records and other relevant information in a bid to make sure that the person you hire is the best fit for the job.

 

LEGAL

 

Legal Zoom Business Attorney Plan
This is am attorney plan that is structured and designed specifically for small business owners. It provides legal review of contracts, bids and other legal documents. And it does so at a highly discounted price.

 

Docusign
This is service provided by eSignatures. It provides both legal and security services.

 

Trademarkia
This resource is used to protect against trademark infringement. With the software, you can go through a database that has more than 5 million registered names, logos, slogans and designs. This let's you know if your idea or name has been appropriated by another business.

 

SALES

 

Highrise
This software is used to organize transactions with up to 40,000 partners, customers and business contacts.
It allows you to archive email conversations, notes and tasks.

 

Leads360
This is an invaluable sales management tool. It allows you to track your sales performance so you can know the right business and sales decisions to make.

 

BidSketch
This tool helps you create professional proposals and documents in a matter of minutes. All you have to depo is affix a certified client's signature upon their approval. eate professional and clean client proposals in just minutes, and get a certified client signature when they approve.

 

 

 


Intelius

Intelius is that software that will ensure that the new guy you hired for accounting was not sentenced to jail for engaging in child pornography and distribution of banned content. The tool performs background checks on shortlisted employees. It examines their criminal records and other relevant information in a bid to make sure that the person you hire is the best fit for the job.

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