Tag Archives: small business

Most of us, as individual consumers, rarely get information from a single source. Instead, we use an assortment of sources and media to find out what we want. A similar situation exists in large organizations. Learning rarely occurs from a single source or in a structured manner. Instead, it bubbles up from people, social media or wiki posts and is presented in several formats including audio, video, and text. With their structured, top-down and time-consuming approach, traditional learning management solutions  are not sufficient to manage these streams of information. This week we will review a solution that promises to revolutionize the way we share knowledge in business. We will look at Bloomfire -  - a SaaS knowledge-sharing tool for the modern workforce. We will look at its features, interface and see how it can be of use to you. (more…)

(This article originally appeared on Laurie McCabe´s blog) As discussed in my blog, IBM’s Managed Service Provider Initiatives for Midmarket: An Interview with Mike McClurg, IBM views MSPs as an increasingly critical channel for delivering cloud-based technology solutions to midmarket companies. Just a few days after I posted this interview, IBM announced that it would further strengthen its initiatives to help MSPsmeet the growing midmarket demand for cloud services. (more…)

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Four Ways To Fund Your Small Business

By Rakesh Sharma, 27 September 2012

The relationship between small business funding and cloud-based business apps is tenuous, to say the least. The former deals with business finances while the latter deals with your business operations. So, what is a post about small business funding doing on a blog that discusses business application trends? Bear with me. All small businesses start off with negative cash flow. Business applications are excellent tools to cut down and optimize operational and marketing costs and bring efficiency to your business. Thus, your business does better and earns more profits. In turn, this helps turn your cash flow positive as soon as possible (and finish your small business funding loans, if you have any). That said, small business funding  is still the first step to starting your small business. (more…)

Running a small or medium-sized enterprise presents a number of unique challenges which larger businesses may not face. The size and scale of your operation can impose serious constraints on specific aspects of your daily workings: from purchasing and data management to customer care. And the current financial climate goes no way to alleviating any of the most pressing concerns of entrepreneurs and small business leaders. Traditional loans providers are offering fewer opportunities and consumers are spending less. Now more than ever, it is up to business leaders themselves to take measures that will ensure the long-term survival of their enterprise. And efficiency savings are crucial to this sustainability. One of the most cost-efficient ways to do this can be found in the latest generation of IT products: cloud computing systems. (more…)

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Running a small business is hard work. Between managing tasks and taking care of mundane activities, owners rarely get time to think about their customers. Which is a pity, really, because customers should be their main concern.  After all, customers contribute to the small business bottomline and not manual and time-consuming tasks.  In the long run, the cost-ratio benefit for such tasks is negative. What small businesses need is a simple and effective way to automate or delegate these tasks. This is where Software-as-a-Service solutions come in. They streamline, automate and reduce costs your administrative task overhead, making such tasks cost-effective. However, you must identify areas of your business that can be automated (or streamlined) before investing in cloud-based solutions. In this post, we have shortlisted four areas of your business that can be outsourced to cloud based  applications with minimal costs and maximum efficiency. (more…)

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. (more…)

At some point of time, all of us have been there. We take on too many projects and too much work. The result is that we find ourselves confused and distracted. For freelancers, such frenzy can be especially debilitating since inefficiency and confusion can result in serious revenue loss. This week we will review FreeAgent – an accounting application that makes time-and revenue-management easy for freelancers. We will look at its features, interface, and see how it can be of use to you. (more…)

With its focus on human interactions and assessments, hiring must rank as one of the most important and time-consuming tasks for small businesses. After all, employees make or break a small business. As a small business owner, your main focus is on providing excellent service and products to your customers. Hence, it follows that the time and energy you spend on administrative tasks such as posting jobs across multiple boards, verifying candidate credentials, and conferring with colleagues are all non-essential tasks or ancillary tasks. So, how can you reduce time spent on non-essential tasks to focus on delighting your customer? This is where cloud-based hiring apps come in. They automate routine tasks, enabling you to focus on the essentials. But, such solutions have also led to several significant paradigm changes in hiring processes. They have streamlined processes, introduced new hiring channels, and made agents redundant. We have outlined four such changes below. (more…)

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It's becoming clear that cloud computing is a game changer. Cloud computing is literally changing the face of business today. As a small business owner you have no choice but to adapt to the changing environment. From Internet only businesses, to Mom and Pop stores, cloud based software has changed everything. From how we place orders for supplies, to how we pay our taxes, everything is changing. (more…)

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It's a foregone conclusion that software is migrating to the cloud. From MS Word, to totally new software and ideas, most productivity software for small business will be cloud based in the near future. In fact, pretty much any software you currently use, other than your operating system, will eventually all be cloud based. As a small business owner, you want to choose cloud based applications that save both time and money but, that actually work. Here are my five tips  for choosing well. (more…)