Have you ever been mid-savasana, halfway through replying to a client's email or on your final set of reps when a great business idea has materialized out of nowhere? You might have scribbled it on a piece of paper, but then mysteriously, a day or so later it’s gone. When you run your business on the cloud, you have access to real-time information without the fear of losing a slip of paper, allowing you to make up-to-date, smart decisions to help your business grow.
If you’re still unsure about moving your business to the cloud, here are 4 reasons how it can benefit your business.
A real-time view of your finances means a real understanding of your business
You’re invested in the health and wellbeing of your clients, so why wouldn’t you be the same way when it comes to your business? Having a real-time view of the financials of your business not only keeps you on top of your cashflow, it also helps you make better-informed business decisions. Accounting software that’s not cloud-based can often be time consuming, out-of-date and hard to use.
Being in the cloud means small business owners have better access to information, advice and insights that can help them to make the right decisions in a timely fashion.
You won’t be short for choice when shopping for apps
There are thousands of apps available to help you run your business on the cloud and using them means you are able to scale up or scale down as you need to, without heavy up-front costs. These apps are often far simpler than traditional desktop software and, you’ll find they all serve the same purpose: helping you work smarter.
For example, Xero and MINDBODY connect seamlessly so small business owners in the health, wellness and beauty industries can do everything from schedule appointments, to assessing cashflow in real-time. The integration syncs nightly so you can stop worrying about manually connecting everyday, and creates dynamic Xero sales tax rates in MINDBODY for quick and easy setup.
Cloud storage is safer and more secure
Having your business’ important data stored on a hard drive is asking for trouble since losing this information can be an absolute disaster for a small business owner.
The cloud is one of the safest ways for you to store your data. If an unforeseen circumstance arises, such as a laptop theft, then there is no need for your business to face down time. The beauty of the cloud is that it enables mobility which in turn makes working from just about anywhere a reality, provided you’ve got a laptop or mobile and an internet connection.
Less time spent on the business means more time focused on you
Running more efficient and effective systems not only saves you money in the long run, but it’ll also save you a great deal of time. As someone whose livelihood depends on caring for others, it's important to take care of yourself. Less time in your business means more time to focus on the areas of life that are important to you, like an extra 30 minutes of sun salutations or 20 more reps of burpees.
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