As business owners, looking for new ways to expose your business and improve your company’s productivity should come naturally. You should always be looking for cheaper options that can still provide excellent results and you should always be on the lookout for new technology that can assist your goals.
However, with our minds split between growing our business and keeping up with new technology, we can often start to lose track of the latest new technologies or we might get caught up using a tried and tested method at work that we simply haven’t had time to replace. After all, if something works, why replace it? There’s no need to swap a system you have at work if it still works fine. Even if you’re thinking about scalability or portability of your software, there are probably easy options to help you migrate from one platform to another.
Unfortunately, you might not be in a position of luxury where you can easily scale up your business systems to fit a larger company or a bigger goal. You might also not have the money to invest in multiple technologies that can perform the same role. It’s also difficult to justify the costs of some software when there are cheaper, albeit less feature-rich, versions that can fit the same purpose. So in order to help your at-home business grow, here’s a brief list of the most powerful software that your at-home startup should be using.
Cloud Computing Tools
It’s hard to pinpoint specific cloud software to use, which is why we’ve decided to bundle it up into a single point. If your software requires an internet browser to use, then chances are it’s based in the cloud and can be accessed no matter where you are or what device you have. Cloud computing tools can cover a number of different uses, and it’s important to understand which ones can serve your business well and which ones are simply too basic for your purposes.
For starters, Google Drive is a brilliant cloud office productivity solution. You can create documents, spreadsheets and even presentations. This is perfect for any at-home startup that doesn’t require some of the more expensive features that a fully-featured package such as Office 365 has.
Additionally, cloud computing tools could be a gateway to some more powerful software and hardware tools. For example, Wizz Hosting Cloud VPS uses sophisticated cloud technology that allows you to add virtual private servers to your network. For those that don’t understand what this means, think of it as a powerful computer in your office that isn’t taking space or costing you money. Instead, that computer is rented out to you at a remote location and you can access it no matter where you are and as long as you have an internet connection. This will allow you to host websites, your own cloud applications or even run complicated calculations without needing to stress your own computers.
Social Media Management
Large companies hire not just a community manager, but an entire team of social media experts in order to help promote their business and spread their content. As an at-home entrepreneur, you might be able to hire an amateur social media manager with very little experience, but that’s really not worth the money or the effort. Instead, why not take social media management into your own hands by using a software suit instead.
Software is made to replace boring and mundane tasks, and social media management software packages are all about making social media a breeze to navigate and manage. You can make posts to all of your connected social media pages with a single click, you can get alerts to specific phrases or people, and you can even monitor your social media traffic to give you a good idea of your audience’s habits.
Having so much information and convenience in a single software package is why a social media management suite is such a useful tool for your business. Until you have enough social media activity to warrant hiring a dedicated community manager, stick to software packages.
It seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of business owners that refuse to install something as simple as an antivirus or firewall on their business computers. Unless you want information stolen and sensitive data to spread like wildfire on the internet, make sure your computer is safe and secured with plenty of security software. An antivirus is a good starter, but you also need a firewall to prevent further attacks.
Practising good internet security habits will also go a long way to ensure your company is safe and protected against all cyber threats.