How can you use technology to make your business life easier, faster and more efficient? Transforming it from a central place of work into a ‘virtual’ business may just be the answer.
Several trends are rapidly driving the business world towards a more efficient and connected future. These days your smartphone can be set up to be your mobile office. You can use it to:
Online banking tools can also help your business accelerate its receivables process.
Is your business able to transform into a virtual business? And how will you go about operating it successfully?
Cost, reliability and security are just a handful of advantages the cloud can offer. It can also allow your business to become a virtual business by transforming some important aspects of your office into cloud tools.
It’s easy to find highly skillful and experienced workers, and to hire them on contract for a certain amount of time or for particular projects. These workers don’t even have to live in the same city or town as you – they could be anywhere around the world as long as they have access to the Internet and your business’s cloud systems.
The idea of social collaboration is at the heart of the growing freelance market, where businesses can harness the specific talent and skills they need to get a job or project done. In a virtual office you can pay for what you need as your business requires it.
Embrace social collaboration and move your business forward to a more efficient place.
To avoid falling behind your competitors you really need a responsive website – one that adapts as your customers embrace new technology, and smaller devices.
Mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and phablets are now dominating the market. This has huge ramifications for any small or medium business that uses the Internet to sell their goods or services.
Building a business website with a responsive design is easier said than done, but to achieve a design that adapts well to device changes and switches seamlessly between landscape and portrait views, think about:
It’s important to be able to let go of the reins and allow your other staff members to take care of the areas of your business that they specialize in.
For your business to grow, particularly with a virtual workforce environment, try to focus on the aspects of your business that only you can deliver. That could involve you concentrating on generating new business, or simply being the face of your business – the person that gives potential customers confidence to buy your goods or services.
Delegating effectively to your virtual staff will help increase efficiency within your business.
Be aware of some of the dangers of moving to a virtual business, such as:
You could have potential customers that don’t believe you run a real business and that you won’t be around for very long – all because your business is virtual.
Overcome this by being honest with your customers, sharing your vision and goals, and offering references and testimonials from your satisfied customers.
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