It’s that time of the month again, and this time in the ACCELERATE series we’re going to chat about how you can use tech to bolster your business: using the right tools and software can ensure you’re not drowning in admin or business jargon, allowing you to keep your focus on your work…and in some cases grow!
Here are some of the best solutions available:
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software
CRM is all about reaching and managing your customers. Being able to store contact details and reach customers through the contact channel that’s best for them – and you - is important for maintaining that relationship. Good CRM software can allow you to offer deals, schedule meetings and manage your time.
Ideally you want this software to be accessible from any device and ACCELERATE suggests HubSpot, Salesforce, Bullhorn and Capsule. Keep an eye out for those that offer free trials and discounts for small businesses!
Human Resources (HR) software
Don’t worry if you haven’t been trained in the ins and outs of Human Resources because there are solutions and systems available to help you look after your staff the right way. Managing payrolls, holidays, benefits, and training can propel your workforce into a happy and improving one.
To manage all these situations in one simple place have a look at: breatheHR, SMB, CascadeHR and youmanage.
This covers all the money stuff (obviously): accounting, invoicing and even securing a loan. Having the ability to view all of your cashflow, spotting where the money is going and where it’s coming from can help you plan every aspect of your company. Also being able to view your expenses can make tax day less painful.
You may recognise big name software’s such as Xero and Quickbooks as they are well known leaders in this area, but also take a look at Wave and KPMG’s small business software. If you want the expenses process to be tracked automatically, take a look at Concur.
Obviously it’s about finding what suits you, so look at each software solution and take time before you make your decision. If you want more information on what you’re looking for and how to use it, feel free to consult the expertise available at homeservefoundation.com.