5 Powerful Ways To Streamline Business Operations

Here's a look at five ways to work smarter and streamline your business activities.

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There are many key factors involved in running a successful business. While you may have the drive and determination to make your business successful, being unsure of exactly how to do so can have detrimental results. Thankfully, knowledge on how to run a successful business is easy to come by. It is up to you to put that information to good use.

Today’s intuitive and advanced technology offers many options that can help you do exactly that. From business methods and applications for improved communication, to tools and resources that help you market yourself better there are fundamental resources that can help your business run more smoothly.

Here’s a look at five ways to work smarter and streamline your business activities.

 

  1. The Cloud

    When the Cloud (i.e. cloud computing) first emerged it was touted as a great way to store photos and music, but cloud applications go way beyond mere storage. For business, there are many applications that are Cloud-based, meaning that not only do you save hard drive space on your own PC, but also you (and those authorized) can easily access documents and files from any location using their own PCs and mobile devices.

    Cloud technology makes it easy to view and edit files from home or while traveling for business. Remote team members can easily review projects together without having to first edit a document, email it to someone for review, wait for it to be emailed back, etc. Cloud based applications have drastically improved business operations, saving you both time and money.

  2. Online Marketing

    Today’s consumers are more likely to discover your business via the computer and their mobile devices than by any other means. Therefore, it is important to have a strong online presence. Keep in mind, your competitors are likely striving to increase online visibility and snag a part of the market share.

    To remain competitive, you can take advantage of several online marketing resources that get you noticed more and attract more potential customers and clients. Social media marketing is one such avenue, and search engine marketing (SEM) is another.

    Content marketing and email marketing are also extremely cost-effective ways to market your business. While web analytics tools like Google Analytics can help you discover how best to improve your website so it is more user-friendly and discoverable to consumers.

  3. Virtual Phone Systems

    A virtual phone system is a cloud-based phone system that replaces your standard telephone system, costs much less, requires little to no equipment and maintenance. Virtual phone systems also offer many more features and functions designed to improve daily business communications.

    Aside from all of the normal functions you would expect from a business phone, an auto attendant phone system can screen calls, take messages, place orders, schedule meetings, and reach your employees through call forwarding, should they be away from their desk, so long as they have a mobile device. No more wasted time waiting for a call back because you got someone’s voicemail, or being stuck on the phone with a crazy customer or solicitor. And no more large monthly bills either.

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