The Internet has changed many facets in the workplace. In particular, it has generally made life easier for small business owners. Everything from communications to extending an operation overseas can be taken care of digitally - and doing so is simpler than ever before for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Consequently, trying to find more, unique ways to operate in the online space may not be the priority for small business owners - but it really should be. Specifically, using web-based software can help companies stay current, and utilise the most modern tools to keep their operations ticking over.
Web-based software can be safer than physical equivalents.
To that end, here are three reasons why small business owners should be leveraging online software:
1. Increased safety
Many organisations are reticent to dive head first into the digital world due to the supposed cybersecurity risks. While there's no denying that keeping critical information safe is a must, doing so can actually be easier when leveraging online software.
Digital solution provider 37Signals explained that this is due to the fact that web-based software is more easily backed up, and can even be safer than physical equivalents. For example, laptops, hard drives, tablets etc could always be stolen - and the data they contain goes with them.
2. No maintenance
How often do you sit at your laptop and computer and wait patiently while it installs a seemingly never ending number of updates? It's a problem that afflicts everyone, and some hardware systems are reliant on a stream of maintenance to ensure that they perform optimally.
Alternatively, online software can put the power back in the hands of the user, with Magic Web Solutions suggesting that updates are typically installed on the host servers of the provider, giving business owners instant access to the latest version of the solutions they're leveraging.
3. Ease of use
Web-based software is easy to use by nature, and can help small business owners take complex business practices and simplify them. For example, staying on top of finances can be tough at the best of times.
However, those that utilise online accounting software can ensure that they have access to their facts and figures every time they use a computer, making it easy to keep everything up to date and on track.
While web-based applications may not be the ideal solution for every company, small business owners looking for ease of use, more protection in the digital space, and ultimately increased productivity should certainly consider leveraging online software.