According to Google, a cloud app is…
a software application that is never installed on a local machine; it’s always accessed over the Internet
The advantage of using cloud apps for small businesses is that it allows for improved organization and collaboration, as well as access to data and portability.
With cloud apps, you can log in from home, or work from different locations. Your data will not go out of sync, and can be easily shared and viewed by employees or clients.
Below is a tabbed box of 10 cloud apps that can really support your small business, just click the name on the left for the description (it will play automatically for you when your mouse is not on the box)…
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A business management suite designed for small business, Zoho works to increase productivity and make collaboration between team members and different departments easier. The Zoho business suite is mostly aimed at helping accounts and project managers coordinate.
Zendesk is a cloud app that helps small businesses give their customers better support by creating and organizing a virtual help desk with a ticketing system for online assistance.
Zendesk can easily be added to your system because it works with most e-mail, social media and chat applications.
BrightPearl is a cloud-based app that works to help small business increase sales while making the selling process more efficient.
BrightPearl offers a whole suite of cloud apps, many of which are designed to help customers have a better experience with your business, which can work to increase your sales.
AtTask is an easy-to-use cloud app that helps monitor and streamline workplace activities, helping your whole office run more efficiently.
AtTask also has multiple organizational tools that work for a variety of different positions within your company designed to increase productivity.
Designed to help make customer support easier for very small businesses, Desk.com’s cloud app helps collect and organize requests from customers, ranging from sales inquiries to service calls.
Desk.com’s cloud app works well with Twitter, Facebook and e-mail, all of which are important tools for small businesses.
An ideal automated billing service for small business that offer online subscriptions or recurring payments for customers, Fusebill is a simple, easy-to-use cloud-based app that also works to create online invoices for customers.
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Fusebill can also be used to set up one-time credit card payments from customers.
Asana is a popular cloud-based app designed for total project management.
Allowing you to input employees and assign them tasks and track their progress, Asana, which is actually free, is one of the best apps for streamlining productivity you can find.
Postcron is a cloud-based app that allows small business to create posts for social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, and automate their posts so they are spread out over the course of the day.
For businesses that rely on social media for getting new customers, Postcron is a valuable tool.
Boxmeup was designed to help small businesses manage and control their inventory.
The cloud-based app lets users take their inventory and place it in a virtual box, making it easy to see what you have and what you need on a regular basis by using a simple, easy-to-read interface.
Fileslap is a cloud-based file sharing solution that allows users to create a link from their computer or website to share with customers without having to actually download the content.
For media-based companies, Fileslap is an important tool for growing and developing their business.
Cloud-based apps are becoming more and more popular for small businesses because they can help decrease costs and increase sales. Many cloud-based apps can also help streamline productivity, which is very important for small business as they expand and hire employees.
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