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6 Benefits of using an ERP for small business

In our previous article we covered what an ERP system is as well as learning more about the history of the Enterprise Resource Planning software category. Traditionally most people have the assumption that ERP systems are only useful for large businesses. This couldn't be further from the truth. Many small enterprises can take advantage of the benefits from using an ERP to run their business. The benefits you can gain from using ERP in your small business So to help you understand the benefits for small businesses here is our list of 6 benefits of…

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Who controls your business software? Are you at risk using SaaS?

So who does control your business software? Obviously you have the control in deciding what software and technology to use. Once you make that decision and create your business processes around the tech you chose who is actually in control? I want to give you my insight into an issue that many business owners and managers don't think about enough. Analogy time Here's a phrase that I've heard a bit recently which says: Don't build your house on someone else's land There's the direct interpretation for when you are building a house. So all you…

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Why Your Small Business needs a Technology Audit

A technology audit. IT system review. Business IT heath check. If you start looking around you will see many names for essentially the same thing. That "thing" is getting a professional to review the Information Technology (IT) that you use to run your business. What is an IT audit or IT review? At it's core an IT audit involves hiring a third party to review the technology that is critical for running your business. Depending on who you hire and how involved the audit is it will typically ask about the following at a minimum:…

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Should Your Startup Use an All-In-One Software Or Separate Systems

One of the most challenging things when starting up or being in the growth stages of your business is selecting the right software. These days businesses are spoiled for choice with the huge number of products that we can use to run our business. One of the choices that you may be facing is whether you should be using an all-in-one system that covers all (or almost all) of your businesses needs or whether you should be selecting individual systems/services for each business function. In this article I will cover the pros and cons of each…

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Make Marketing Your Startup Easier With Our One Page Marketing Plan

Writing a Marketing Plan can be quite daunting. I am not about to go into the reasons that you should have one but maybe you're not sure where to start? Or you think it will take too long and you don't have time? Well, much like writing a business plan, the process of creating your Marketing Plan is sometimes more valuable than the final document because it causes you to stop and think about everything in detail. In this article I am going to cover the key elements you should have in your simple Marketing…

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Does Business Planning Bore You? Check out This Simple Business Plan Template so You Can Get on with the Fun Stuff

Business Planning is a critical activity for any business. A business plan provides direction and keeps you on track. It will help you focus on your top priorities and clarify who your customers and how you can serve them effectively. Read on to find out my recommendation on how we as small business owners can take the pain out of writing our business plans.  I also have a handy template for you to download at the end of the article. The value of writing a business plan is in the thought processes that are required…

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Are you following these 4 steps to select software for your small business?

Every small business owner faces this problem at more than one point in their life.  You know you need new software but you aren't sure how to make the decision.  Often we think we know what we want OR a trusted person has recommended something to you.  You have to live with some software choices for years so you need to do your best to get it right. The 4 step process. So to help you figure out what software you select I have outlined my easy 4 step process. The 4 steps are actually…

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Why you need an IT strategy – no matter how small your company

Do you have an IT strategy? An IT strategy is used to provide guidance on the following questions: Is the existing technology being used effectively? Are the existing IT solutions supported adequately? What should the next IT investment look like? What IT projects should be pursued? How much should be budgeted for IT changes? Sourcing IT from the right places? Why even the smallest of small businesses (solopreneurs) should have an IT strategy The IT strategy gives you focus on how you plan to make your IT solutions work for you. It helps set the scene…

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