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How do Cloud Apps help small business owners?

All over the media, you hear the term Cloud-based applications; but, do you really know what they are and how they can work for you?

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From the image above we can work out that Cloud-based applications is web-based computer software for the use of which you usually pay but you don’t have to download anything, make any upgrades, or maintain any servers.

How do Cloud-based Apps help small businesses like yours?

  • You will reduce costs as using Cloud-based Apps doesn’t require any upfront investment in hardware or software and your software will be always up-to-date.
  • Your documents and pictures are backed up online, which is the safest means of protection.
  • You can access Apps and your files from any computer, laptop, tablet or phone, from anywhere you are.

Top 5 Cloud-based Apps for your business which we use and provide you:

Capsule CRM

Capsule is a great way to keep track of the people and companies you do business with, communications with them, opportunities in the pipeline, and what needs to be done when.

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Online Backup

Online Backup is the most reliable backup solution to protect your priceless data: external hard disk can crash, pen drive can be easily lost and your data is not encrypted, whereas with Online Backup your data is automatically updated, encrypted and backed up safely online. Have a look at our Online Backup page to find about other benefits of Online Backup to your business.

Google Apps for Business

With this productivity App improving your small business internal communication you can share information with your team, and it’s available immediately on any smartphone, tablet, or computer, wherever they happen to be. Find out more about these Apps from our page dedicated to Google Apps for business.

Cloud Accounting Software: Xero

Xero is a Web-based system for invoicing, accounts payable, bank reconciliation & bookkeeping. Do all accounting online, share access to your latest business numbers with your team and your accountant – so everyone is up to speed. All from any device: your computer, tablet and phone.

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Dropbox

Dropbox is a free App that lets you upload files to the Cloud and then synchronise across all your devices: PCs, laptops, phones and tablets. It’s great for your small business as it lets you share files with your team so that you can work much more closely together.

Rupert’s top tip before you start using Cloud Apps:

“Before you commit to a Cloud service, make sure you check if & how you can export your data. You don’t want to realise your data is held hostage if you decide to move to another service.”

If you want to discuss the suitability of a particular Cloud App for your small business, or would like advice to see if your business could benefit from any of the above Cloud Services:

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