How Virtual Is Your Business?

Getting a laptop repaired is always somewhat of an inconvenience, especially if your business relies on the everyday use of a computer.

I had to put my laptop in for some much needed TLC this week and it was a true test of how virtual my business really is – relying entirely on my cloud applications for all my internal processes as well as delivering services – and I have to say it has been pretty successful!

People are always surprised at how much can be done virtually. With the right tools and a little bit of thought put into efficient procedures, it is possible to be virtual, work with a remote team and have freedom of location in your business. Want to know how I do it? Here’s a list of my staple applications that I use day-to-day – perhaps they could also be your key to business freedom?

Google Apps

With emails, calendars, contacts, file sharing and live chat, Google Apps has become the central-nervous system of communication and organisation for many modern businesses, including Boost! 

Dropbox

Dropbox supports almost every operating system and is the perfect online storage solution for you and your business. You can log in online from wherever you are, share files and documents with colleagues easily and it also has a handy mobile app. 

Skype

Skype is an essential tool for keeping in touch with clients and team members. Working virtually doesn’t have to mean working without face to face interaction! The group call and screen sharing tools come in useful too. 

Hootsuite

This is a great online program for managing all your social media accounts from one place. Simply log in to your account from anywhere (including your mobile device), monitor the activity across all your networks, interact with your fans and followers, and schedule posts in advance for super-efficient social media marketing! 

CapsuleCRM

Capsule is a really effective CRM system for small businesses. Based online, allowing you and your team to manage your customer database and sales pipeline anytime, from any laptop or mobile device. 

TriggerApp

TriggerApp is our project management tool, where we manage all our client work and track time against the projects that allow us to bill clients accurately. It’s really easy to use, and great for collaborating with other team members. Brilliantly, it also integrates with Dropbox, Google Apps and Xero. 

Xero

Billing itself (excuse the pun) as beautiful accounting software, Xero is an easy-to-use online solution that integrates with lots of external applications to create an end-to-end business system. 

Evernote

We’ve talked about Evernote before here on the Boost Blog, but it really is invaluable for organising your thoughts and, with a fantastic search function, for accessing handwritten notes on-the-go. 

If you hold an ambition to run a flexible, virtual business from anywhere, a virtual assistant can help. VAs provide practical virtual assistance with administration, marketing and research tasks so that you can focus on growing and developing your business in a flexible and profitable way.

Which business tools could you not live without? Are you already working virtually? Share your experiences and thoughts with us here! 🙂

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