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Simplify your business in 2013

Tips for Small Businesses to Streamline Apps By Mike Savory, Product Manager, Sage One

I work on a team that builds software for entrepreneurs and micro-businesses, so I get to meet with a number of business owners. We've had countless discussions with them about the tools they use and why they chose them. These are businesses of all types, sizes and ages; but do you know what is common among them?

To some degree, they all use a mix of tools that are either the wrong fit or not connected with each other...or both. Imagine if I were to suddenly see the social media light and jump right in. What would happen if I just started using the first ten apps that came up when I Googled "social media"? I'd undoubtedly use some of the wrong apps for my needs, as well as apps with redundant features. Such is the case for many small business owners.

 

With that in mind, I've developed the following tips to help small business owners streamline the tools they use to manage their businesses:

  • First, make a list of the software and apps you use.
  • Review the list for any redundancies.
  • If you're using separate apps for invoicing and accounting, check to see if your
    accounting app can also create invoices. Maybe your contact management app also has a to-do list. Keeping more of your data in one place reduces extra steps and saves you time.
  • With your remaining list of apps, contact the publisher of each and see if
    it connects with any of the others on your list.
  •  Get instructions for setting up the connections between your apps. You may be turned off by the
    time or seeming technical expertise required to get apps to work together, but the effort may pay for itself many times over.

You and your business could probably benefit from having more of your attention put on finding opportunities and servicing customers, right? Well, if you're like most small business owners, you will appreciate the time-savings and efficiency that consolidating some of your tools into one or two leaner, better-fitting apps will bring you


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Mike Savory is Product Manager at Sage One Sage Small Business Accounting Solutions Mike Savory manages the product management and user experience teams for Sage One North America. He has been with Sage for 19 years, starting with Timeslips Corporation, which became the third acquisition for The Sage Group in North America. Mike Savory is Product Manager at Sage One
Sage Small Business Accounting Solutions
Mike Savory manages the product management and user experience teams for Sage One North America. He has been with Sage for 19 years, starting with Timeslips Corporation, which became the third acquisition for The Sage Group in North America. Later, as a product manager for Sage 50, he had responsibility for the Accountant and Professional Services market. Mike has been working on Sage One for the past two years, since its inception in North America in 2010. His responsibilities include product planning, market research and user experience.
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