By Stephanie Watson, 31 August 2012
As a mom myself, albeit an empty nester as of this year, I also started my own business while working at jobs outside the home while trying to raise four daughters. Not only did I not like having to juggle my family's needs around my job, but I also didn't like the low pay that I was offered. Like many moms today, I am highly educated in the area of business and technology, and I understood that I could start a business doing what I love: Writing about business and technology. Starting a small business can be an exciting thing to do, and eventually due to the advances in technology and cloud-based applications, a mom (or a dad) can earn more money with their own business than they will at a job. So, why not do it? I have gathered a few blog posts about, or by people who started their own business. I hope you are inspired as I am.
By Stephanie Watson, 11 August 2012
The success of DropBox.com and Box.net should prove to any small business owner that file sharing and collaboration tools are a necessary aspect of doing business today. Collaborative all inclusive systems such as Soonr, Workstream, and other workplace applications, specifically made for small business, are making it easier for small businesses to compete with bigger businesses who have had in house collaborative and file sharing suites all along. I decided to take a look around the blogosphere and see what others are saying about cloud-based file sharing and collaboration tools, and I wasn't disappointed. Teamwork and collaboration is how business gets done today.
By Stephanie Watson, 7 August 2012
When people find out that I work from home using Internet technology to do everything from meeting with clients (Skype), to final delivery of end projects (Dropbox) and that I leverage the cloud from start to finish because it saves me time, money, energy and effort, they are usually shocked. They'll say things like, "What do you mean you don't meet clients in person?" and, "What do you mean you don't have that software on your computer?" I've been doing this since the mid 1990's, with wonderful results, but it has only been lately that others have jumped on the cloud business apps bandwagon. This makes my job a bit easier in convincing a client to use cloud-based systems. I don't have to explain near as much about how it all works. Unfortunately, there are still holdouts. If you're still waiting in the wings and are worried about the expense, safety and security of the cloud, read the following to learn more. Let me know what you think!
By Stephanie Watson, 3 August 2012
Business Intelligence (BI) is using data and metrics to help discover solutions to questions. Such as, what types of advertisements work better, banner ads, or text ads? What type of blog posts do my readers want to read? What parts of my business are providing an adequate return on investment and which are just sucking money? How can I better allocate my resources to improve my business's profits? Below is a roundup of blog posts around the net that discuss variations on this issue. Click the title after reading the blurb below it to view the original post.
By Stephanie Watson, 27 July 2012
Cloud computing is at an exciting time of growth with most software being created now being cloud-based instead of on premise software. This, in turn, is exciting for startups. Entrepreneurs everywhere can rejoice in the fact that they can now access enterprise level software for a fraction of the former cost. This fact is surely something startups can celebrate. I simply love cloud-based software, and I use it in every aspect of my business from the program I'm writing this article with, to how I build my websites, to how I bill my clients. Every aspect of my business is run with cloud-based app. I venture to guess I wouldn't even have a successful business without cloud-based software. Other people feel just as passionate as I do about this subject. Click the title to read blog posts about cloud-computing for startups after reading the description.
By Stephanie Watson, 20 July 2012
Small business owners are always looking for ways to improve their products, services, and how they relate to their clients, customers, and potential clients and customers in the most cost effective way possible. Cloud applications are a way for a small business to access enterprise level software at a fraction of the cost. It's a no brainer for most startups and small businesses who need great software at reasonable prices. This week my round up is focused on blog posts that show and tell why cloud-based apps are cutting edge for small business. Simply click on the title to read the original blog post. Enjoy!
By Stephanie Watson, 13 July 2012
It's clear that small businesses need get rid of the file cabinet and implement a data storage system. That cloud-based storage solutions will them them save time, money and effort. It's important to define storage needs before choosing a data storage solution, as well as to define the difference between storage and back up. Storage can be simply a place in the cloud where your files reside if you put them there, or it can be done automatically. In some cases this may cause multiple instances of the file, if you're not paying action. With most automatic backup systems, they back up whatever files you choose on a regular basis, including any changes that have been made to the data. This is more likely to result in only one copy of the file instead of multiple instances. These are posts from around the net discuss this very issue. Check out the posts below by clicking on the title after you've read the description.
By Stephanie Watson, 6 July 2012
Most of us use cloud computing on a daily basis, even if we don't realize it. We use it when we use social media, when we use our email, when we do our banking -- cloud applications are everywhere! The advances in cloud computing allow small businesses to grow faster, less expensively, and compete more fairly with large corporations for the first time in history. To me, making the competition more fair is what makes cloud computing rock. I use cloud computing in all aspects of my business. I write, and work as an administrative consultant (formerly known as a Virtual Assistant) all from the comfort of any device I happen to have available at the time. It gives me tremendous freedom as a sole proprietor. But, if you happen to have a business a little larger than that, from medical supply firms, to restaurants, to technology based businesses, being able to use software in the cloud is just simply amazing.
By Stephanie Watson, 29 June 2012
If you think you don't need a content management system right now you might be wrong. If you have a website, you have content. If you have internal communications, you have content. If you have any documentation that helps your business run better, you have content. Every small business has content, and they have a need to control and manage the content. As a small business owner if you choose a good cloud-based content management solution you can save a lot of time and money, not to mention reduce your carbon footprint. You're not alone anymore, even if you are a sole proprietor, there is a lot of help out there to help you choose the right cloud-based content management or other cloud-based apps for your small business.
By Stephanie Watson, 22 June 2012
When I imagine all the possibilities for directions I can take my business the one thing that really gets me going is cloud-based computer applications. Honestly, without cloud-based apps like Google Apps, Dropbox, Social Media, Invoicing and Project Management Software I would be lost. I cannot be productive without a good amount of automation. After all, it's just me. I need to be able to get organized, stay organized, and work the maximum number of billable hours each week. Cloud based applications allow me to do that. From the look at the blogosphere this past week it seems like other people feel the same way. I'm able to be bigger than just myself with the help of the cloud based software that I use.