Streamline Your BusinessAs a small business owner you will face a variety of challenges, regardless of industry, from keeping track of expenses to maintaining all of your paperwork. With highly increased competition amongst small businesses, you must find ways to streamline your operations in order to be profitable.

The most effective way to do this is by taking complete advantage of the technology right at your fingertips. Small business owners are hard workers, but if you do not have efficient business operations that hard work will be wasted on trivial tasks. Clearly, business owners can be overwhelmed by endless responsibilities but I have a few simple suggestions that will help small business owners achieve higher efficiency.

Embrace the Cloud

The time is now to move away from using a file cabinet, crammed with unorganized papers. Most businesses are exploring cloud options for software and storage. By using a cloud service such as, Google Drive, Dropbox or Skydrive, among others, you can manage and share documents from various access points. With options to scale the size of your cloud server, there is a significant amount of flexibility with what you can store and share. These clouds methods of file sharing and storage are very useful for the small business owner looking to stay on top of organization.

Manage your Tasks, Effectively

It goes without saying, but we know that effective task and time management is critical to any business. We use planners, highlighted calendars, reminders on phones, etc., but it makes sense to have just one comprehensive software to handle all task management. For instance, you can opt for software like Producteev that can integrate across various platforms, and allow for multiple workspaces for employees.  Being able to get ALL of your tasks organized and labeled by importance, as well as being able to share these tasks with your employees, is extremely beneficial. Delegating tasks to your staff will become less time intensive and you will be able to stay updated instantaneously with effective project management.

Maintain Accurate Records

Too often, small businesses suffer from inaccurate bookkeeping due to poor software. For the consumer based business you need the best software in order to maintain accurate sales records. To make this even possible, you can use pos software by Intuit.  This software helps streamline business activity in several ways.  Your inventory will be automatically updated, customers will be track as sales process, card payments are secure, and if you use Quickbooks your financial information can be directly uploaded for keeping accurate accounting records.

Leverage your Business

While you ultimately want to grow your small business, you must first be able to maximize your current output. Too often owners will concentrate on growing the business to become profitable, and in turn, miss out on the chance to leverage their business by being highly efficient. The fact of the matter is, ineffective software and outdated business methods will keep you from making the most of what you have.  Take a proactive approach and use tools to help streamline your business operations to improve information flow, improve productivity, and maintain data accuracy.

Mary Stewart is a current staff writer for She writes on new technology, and applications of technology in daily life as well as business.  Stay updated with her posts, as well as other tech-based insight on Twitter (@TechBreach)

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