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3 Cloud Solutions That Cut Down on Tedious Tasks

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The scarcest resource on the planet is time, and time is money for your business. Luckily, many tedious tasks can be cut down or even eliminated with the help of cloud solutions. Forbes reports that 37 percent of small businesses in the United States have implemented cloud solutions, and further predicts that 78 percent will be fully integrated in the cloud by 2020. Between being able to access your information from anywhere to being able to collaborate with your team members and clients, the cloud has a variety of time-saving functions. Here’s a look at three cloud solutions that help take the tedium out of your workday and let you spend your time where it makes a difference.

Customer Relationship Management

One of the biggest time sinks is keeping lists of your buyers, suppliers, followers and board members up to date. You need to keep up-to-date records about individual relationships, levels of engagement and preferences and be able to quickly share this information with members of sales, marketing and customer service. This is where cloud-based CRM solutions can make a huge difference. Services like SalesForce monitor your lists and offer analytic software to explore the data generated by the software. Customer relationship analytics saves you a lot of time in the long run by identifying processes that don’t create results, freeing your staff from procedures that don’t work and focusing on solutions that get results. CRM solutions allow you to focus on customers rather than their information by putting everything you need right in front of you when you need it most.

Accounting

Nothing screams “tedium” like accounting, and making the process sleek and simple is what cloud-based accounting solutions are all about. Free accounting software by Sage One offers a simplified accounting process that eliminates unnecessary steps and includes invoicing and reports systems. Additionally, Sage One links your financial accounts and integrates with your bank, so you no longer have to manually move information around in cases of bank reconciliation. Best of all, Sage One automatically creates financial statements and reports, which saves you time and billable hours an accountant charges to create such documents.

Project Management

Everyone prefers to work efficiently on large-scale projects without all the chaos that typically comes with them. Cloud-based project management solution Clarizen helps cut down on the organizational processes that hold back projects, and it gets you and your colleagues on the same page without a long string of emails. Clarizen offers real-time visibility into project processes and centralizes all of your project data in one easy-to-access system. It eliminates time-wasting record keeping and communication echo chambers that occur with large projects. Good project management software offers real-time updates and identifies project bottlenecks, thus eliminating tedious “status update meetings” that waste time and drain energy from your project and team. This keeps your team innovating and creating rather than waiting for the next email.

These are just three of the many cloud-based tools that help cut down on tedious tasks in your business. Look to see where your business needs improvement, and you’re sure to find a cloud solution that can help.

Posted on October 15th, 2015 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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