I often get asked by current and potential customers why they should pay for Google Apps for Work when Google provides similar services for free. Often for individuals and personal use the answer is that you shouldn t. But when it comes to the vast majority of our clients (who need these products for commercial use in their businesses) the paid Apps have huge advantages over the free versions.
Firstly, the paid Google Apps For Work include a professional customised email at your domain a must-have for all businesses.
Secondly, the paid Apps provide significantly more storage across Gmail and Drive. If your inbox looks anything like mine (or any small business owner!), you will know how important the additional storage is.
Thirdly, Google Apps For Work guarantees 99.9% uptime which is essential for smooth day-to-day operations of any business. We all know that standard Google Apps can t hold that sort of guarantee,
Fourthly, the paid version of Google Apps has much more stringent security measures, with several enhanced features unavailable to users of the free versions. In this case it s worth paying simply for peace of mind.
Lastly, there is increased functionality in Google Apps For Work that is more adapt for commercial use including its interoperability with Microsoft Outlook and complete administration of all user accounts.
Are you interested in upgrading to Google Apps For Work? I can help you with the setup to ensure a smooth transition without interruption to your business. Get in touch today.
When all your time is taken up with the day-to-day running of your tradie business, keeping up with the latest technology might not be your number one priority. You have probably heard about cloud technology but you might not be aware of the different ways that getting your business in the cloud can benefit you. (more…)
As a tradie you work hard during the day, and when you re running your own business you probably find yourself working hard in the evenings and on weekends too. Along with meeting your clients needs, running a business also involves a lot of admin, from invoicing to preparing quotes, keeping your books up to date and more.
Many tradies feel like they are running themselves into the ground trying to do everything at once and this can impact their family life and health. If you can t keep up with the admin demands of the job, things can also get missed. Invoices that go out late or don t go out at all can seriously affect your cash flow, and quotes that take too long to prepare could see your potential customers going to your competitors. (more…)
Most of us start our small business because it allows us to work on something that we are passionate about, whether it is baking cakes, selling books, helping people keep their swimming pools clean and beautiful, or what have you. With this much passion, it is really a shame that we have to spend so much of our time trying to keep track of seemingly insignificant scraps of paper.
It started out as an after school and weekend job, but Tim knew that landscaping was the career for him. The fact that he enjoyed being outdoors and working with plants and outdoor features helped, but he also found that he was good at developing a rapport with his clients and he loved the fact that he was an independent businessman.
It took longer than expected, but businesses around the world are beginning to embrace the potential in cloud technologies and are taking full advantage of the savings these technologies offer their businesses. Recent research shows that the uptake of cloud services in small to medium business has more than doubled in the last 12 months.