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At Sage, we meet with small business owners regularly to get a complete picture of how their businesses run. We’ve had countless discussions about the tools these business owners 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. One conversation that comes to mind was with a consultant who was using desktop accounting software that she described as “too much” for her needs. This business owner used three separate applications to track time, organize tasks, and collect online payments, none of which were connected to each other. She struggled with sharing pertinent information with her business partner who was in another city. The result was frustration and wasted time as she tried to make it all work, and she’s not alone.
Countless other businesses face the same challenges, but there are ways to tackle these issues. Here are a few tips for choosing the right tools to manage your business more effectively:
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.
Mike Savory is a product manager for Sage, with product strategy responsibility for Sage One in North America, part of Sage’s global cloud solution for start-ups and small businesses. Additionally, he is focused on market research, voice of the customer, and helping to coordinate development with other Sage One global platform teams.
Nancy Harris is senior vice president and general manager, Canada, Sage North America. As general manager for the Canadian market, Nancy is responsible for building the Sage brand and growing market share in Canada. Her responsibilities include driving the strategy and day-to-day operations for the small business portfolio, including Sage 50—Canadian Edition and Sage One—Canadian Edition.
Sage One is an online accounting and invoicing solution that helps small businesses stay organized, easily bill and get paid, and track money coming in and going out of the business.
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