Running a small business means managing a number of different issues, from client communication, to book keeping, to managing your quarterly calendar.
Google apps for business is the undisputed king in helping you manage all of this.
At only $4.99 a month this suite of web apps are essential for entrepreneurs and freelance artists.
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Here are 5 reasons you should be using Google Apps to run your business.
1. Custom email names matter.
Having an email that fits nicely along side your website is essential.
The appearance of a custom email adds a bit of polish to your client communication, versus using an @gmail.com extension.
It’s a subtle difference, but in a competitive environment, every little bit matters.
2. Book keeping made easy.
I do all my book keeping in a simple spread sheet that is stored in my google docs panel.
A simple tally of money in and money out, while also calculating my quarterly tax bill, keeps my business on track financially.
Having this information available to me on any device (that I sign in on) is incredibly helpful and convenient.
For a small business owner with multiple devices (iMac, Macbook & iPhone) having the ability to log expenses from any device just makes it easier to stay on top of my book keeping.
3. Scheduling made easy with Calendar.
Keeping my schedule straight is often my biggest challenge.
Using Google Calendar makes it about as easy as it can be.
And considering that so many other people are using gmail calendar invites, it makes it easy to stay updated and accept meeting invites that automatically log themselves into my schedule.
Again, having everything synced across devices makes it simple and helpful.
4. Collaborating on Doc’s is amazing.
Collaborating on a document whether it’s a script for a video or curriculum notes for the school, is made incredibly easy with Google Docs.
Multiple people can work on a document simultaneously, which can take collaboration to the next level.
5. You can add team members as you grow.
At any point you can add an additional email to your account for a $4.99 a month.
If your business grows and you need to bring on an assistant, you can simply add a user and choose their extension.
This has been crucial for my small business as I bring on new team members and give them new email accounts.
The ability to scale with Google Apps is truly impressive.
For many of you, this is not news. Google Apps is truly the premier suite of business apps available today.
If you’re not taking advantage of these tools, now is your chance to correct that mistake.
Check out Google Apps, I can’t recommend them highly enough!