Over the last few years, it’s started to become more and more apparent that small businesses have to make full use of the computing tools they have available to them. With services available to handle nearly all of your work, it makes sense that you should be taking advantage of these machines, and a lot of companies could benefit greatly from their power. When it comes to choosing the best options, though, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, this post will be teaching you how to compare your online tool options, ensuring that the best are always chosen.
To begin this journey, it will be time to think about the features of the services you have available. These will always be different, and it should be easy to start getting an idea of the better examples if you simply split the features into two categories; ones you need and ones you don’t.
The Ones You Need
The features you need will be the most important, and it won’t be worth compromising to make the product cheaper. There will almost always be a service which offers everything you need.
The Ones You Don’t
Of course, though, there may also be those which offer a lot things which you don’t. It’s worth being careful here, as it can be easy to fall into the trap of buying an online product based on features which you will never use.
Once you have an idea of the features available, it will be time to start comparing the prices of those which offer what you need. This can be a hard area to balance, as some companies will offer longer trials, and others will give huge discounts if you pay for a year all at once. This makes it more than just the size of the price, but also the way that the payment structure could work for your business. There isn’t much point in signing up for a year to save some money if the service doesn’t work out for you.
During any process like this, the word of other users can be one of the best resources you have. When you’re comparing something like Dropbox vs Google Drive, the experience of other people can tell you a lot, giving you a solid idea of the quality of the product you’re looking at. There are loads of professional reviews around the web, too. You have to be careful with these, though, as they are often promoted by one of the products being featured, and this can take away their impartiality.
Hopefully, with all of this in mind, it will be a lot easier to start working on the online tools which are used by your business. When you’re working on your own business, it always pays to put as much as you can into using the best tools. You have a lot available to you, and each option will offer something unique; you just have to start looking for them.
MT PrintingApril 22, 2018
I was persuaded to try out Office 365 as I have a small business and I soon got to grips with using word and excel as my main apps to run my whole business.
Daniela BucateleApril 22, 2018
Office 365 is one I’d certainly recommend as it is cheap to run and automatically updates.
TedApril 23, 2018
I have a few online tools which I find essential as a Freelancer including One Drive, Google Docs, and Sage. I have still to find an online resource which does it all!
SophieApril 24, 2018
Ted, I freelance and use both Google Docs as well as Word, which I get through Office. I know what you mean about trying to incorporate it all into one though!
Daniela BucateleApril 24, 2018
Thanks for the comments. With so many of these tools performing a variety of different functions, it’s not always possible to have the one, as you both say. It’s more a case of finding what works for you and getting rid of what doesn’t help your working time.