According to Webopedia a cloud based application is a term that refers to applications, services, or resources made available to users on demand via the Internet from a cloud computing provider’s servers. So what does that mean to a small business?
In the past when companies needed to invest in software to run their business they had to spend money buying computers and servers in addition to the software. They probably needed an IT guy to set this all up and install the software. Then when there was an update to the software, someone needed to install it which takes time and money. With the introduction of cloud based software all of this was simplified, and it’s the software company that now maintains the server cost. You as a consumer only have to license the software on a monthly basis using your phone or PC to access the service. This is also known as Software as a Service, or SaaS for abbreviation.
Here are three reasons you should use SaaS solutions for your business:
- Work anywhere: Employers today are on the go. With nearly two-thirds of Americans owning a smartphone, it’s easier than ever to check on your business from anywhere you are. You are no longer bound by the location of your business. Do your payroll at a coffee shop while waiting for a client, or check your sales while waiting for your kids to get out of school. This also applies to remote employees. As an example, Janitorial Services have employees that need to service various locations. Instead of them coming into the office and filling out their time sheet, they can use their mobile devices to clock in and out. All that information will be available in real time for the employer to view.
- Easy to use: Since there is no need to install software to start, using an application like this helps with onboarding. That means all you have to do is register and pick a subscription plan to get started. When you have a diverse work force and your employees might not be comfortable using technology, it’s also essential to get them up and running as fast as possible. Many software companies offer a free version of their app or give one month free to help customers test out the solution before making a commitment.
- Affordable: Buying software can cost you hundreds of dollars if not thousands, and getting updates is an additional cost. For cloud based applications, that is not the case. Here you can subscribe to use the service at a relatively lower cost and cancel anytime. If you are not sure if a software will work for you, then you can try it out without major investment. For small businesses like landscape companies or hair salon owners, every penny counts. So picking a flexible affordable solution is critical for their survival.
ezClocker has embraced the advantages of SaaS to manage your employees time tracking and scheduling needs. Visit ezclocker.com for more information.
Author: Raya Khashab
Raya is the CEO and co-founder of ezClocker. She is passionate about customers and building products that change the way people run their business. She is also a big supporter of the startup community and helping people achieve their dreams.