Online Project management Software

Project management software updates employees and managers on the progress and hitches of an ongoing project. Through online project management, projects that are poles apart can be closely watched just as if they were within same area. Some of these projects may be ongoing overseas or within the same country. Collaboration software is peripheral software that assists to maintain links between all projects that are running concurrently. Therefore, online project management software is not a waste of resources, it is a viable investment. As John Jones from Dev4, a leading Aberdeen software development company explains, a change in project management dynamics has made it necessary to use many people in order to maximize resources.

Project management software helps in the automation of the entire process. Managers can easily track progress through online project management. Teams identify their assignments through collaborative software. They also update the manager on the accomplished tasks. Online project management software is used to review and analyze the entire scope of the project.

Before a decision is made to acquire project management software, some factors should be taken into consideration. First take stock of the number of projects in progress. If the projects involve a lot of people or are spread out in diverse locations, then online project management would be a good idea. This calls for collaborative software to support the entire team.

Determine what the amount of space is required to hold the volumes of data to support the projects being handled. Online project management servers crowd very fast. You need enough data storage to take care of the information being handled at a time. This calls for versatile project management software and collaborative software that ensure emails are not misdirected. There should be qualified staff assigned the responsibility of data backup.

You need to know the number of people running your business projects. You may need time tracking. The project management software being sought should be compatible with the time tracking software already in place. Online project management requires licenses. Collaborative software used should allow for multiple team members while leaving allowances for additions. The cost of these licenses should be factored in.

After going through several project management software proposals, select the one that best meets your needs. Such a decision requires the intake and assistance of unit managers and all staff members who will work with it. Online project management systems keep getting updated every other time. Choose the software that provides room for upgrades.

When it comes to resource planning, project management software is highly recommended. Online project management helps managers assign duties. Feedback is received on time for appropriate action. Collaborative software enables accurate collection of statistics. The software provides platforms through which staff can update one another on the progress or challenges. The most viable software should support more than one project. Another aspect of collaborative software is in the preparation of reports such as charts, graphs and comparisons. Two major types of software exist, those that can be directly downloaded online and server based. The two have collaborative platforms as one thing in common.

Accounting Software For Small or Home Businesses

Whether you are managing your own small business at home, a medium-sized enterprise, or a large corporation, accounting is a very important aspect. One of the main difference is the type of accounting software used.

As IDonald Scott from a leading firm of Aberdeen accountants explains, accounting is an essential factor and requires a specialized skill and a lot of businesses take advantage of the availability of the online accounting software solutions combined with specialized services, and these businesses have particularly received benefits through the help of utilizing outsource payroll services.

Even at home, if you are managing your own small business, you also need an accounting system solution. Though the type of software that you need for your home business is not as complex and expensive as what other businesses are using, it is important to carefully choose which kind of system is appropriate for your business. And in order to get the right accounting solution for the appropriate price point, here are some tips that you have to keep in mind.
If there’s not much paperwork being generated from your business at home, then you can opt in for just a simple or a free accounting software. On the other hand, if your business entails full featured accounting, then choose a software package that has features which is appropriate to your requirements, at a reasonable price offer. Also remember that the price you will be spending for obtaining a software that could cater to your bookkeeping needs is very insignificant compare to the real cost of learning how to use it properly.

If you are still in the process of choosing which accounting software is right for your home business, always keep it simple and don’t look for features which you may not be using for your bookkeeping requirements. Remember that a lot of accounting systems can be upgraded to include more useful features for your business such as inventory and payroll, so try to select a package that is initially simple to use but can grow in features, along with the growth of your business.
For example, some simple packages do not allow for investment and real estate tracking. This however is not a problem if you don’t have the requirement to track these items in your business.

The right software package is the one that solves all of your accounting issues without additional complexities of features that you don’t require. Start by deciding the exact features and services that your business needs and then examine carefully the features offered by different software packages and try and find the appropriate balance between features and price. Also look for packages that allow for features to be added at a later stage for an additional cost as they will be the best packages to grow alongside your business accounting needs.

These are tips to remember in order to make the correct decision in choosing the right accounting software for your business. Choosing the wrong solution can be disastrous to the success of your business so spend the time at the start to select the correct accounting software package and get on with running your business.
 

Do You need More Customers? Of Course you Do

Does your business need more customers?

I think I already know your answer… Of course!

Do you realise that is the biggest problem virtually all business owners face, yet they do nothing about month after month and even year after year?

Why?

I don’t know. The solution is SIMPLE! Go and get more customers.

How you ask? Good question! Now you’re about to learn something fantastic…

To get more customers than are you getting now, first of all its a good idea to know how many you are getting now! Does that make sense? If you know where your customers are coming from now, you’re part way there to solving the problem of knowing where to get more.

95% of all business owners I meet don’t know how many customers they are getting now… in this last week.

Do you know how many paying customers you had buy from you last week? No? Then I suggest you go find out.

Then you’re ready for step 2. Don’t read on until you have started on step 1 and gone and worked out how many sales you had last week, okay?

Did you go and do it? Well…. This article isn’t going anywhere, so off you go. Go measure and come back.

Okay. Can I assume you went and did it? No? Well how come? I’m trying to help you here.

Step 2. Now that you have measured (!) what did you find?

Over the next week I want you to start asking people how they found out about you. Its simple. That’s all you have to do.

People don’t mind you doing it either. Do it with every sale, preferably with every phone call too.

Over the week collate how many calls and customers come from different ads etc. Tally up each form of paid promotion and see where the customers are coming from. You’ll be amazed at the result, I guarantee it.

So just do this step and you’re ready for step 3. If you haven’t done step 2, or even step 1, because you are too busy… remember its not a busy-ness that gives you more money, its a business.

Step 3. Now that you know where you customers come from, how many come from each paid promotion and how many find you through referrals or other means, its time to simply improve on those strategies and even create some new ones.

Lets break that into two areas…

Step 4. This is where I will touch on how to improve what form of promotion you are using now.

Improving is easy! Yet so few people do anything about this. All you have to do is read one book and you will start to know how to make an improvement.

Have you read the book on advertising, “Scientific Advertising” by Claude Hopkins? If not why not? Its free from many websites, including my own you can see at the bottom of this article.

Again, being busy makes no difference to growing your business or getting more customers. Isn’t that what you need? You’ll always have a need to get new customers while you’re in business, so learning how TODAY is the beginning of solving the problem forever!

Read Scientific Advertising. If you have already read it, well done! Now I suggest you read it again as reading it once won’t get it all to sink in.

Just changing the top 20% of the ad to remove your business name or logo then putting a headline of some sort across the top of your ad beginning with “How to” and finishing it with a benefit relative for your industry will probably triple your responses. People don’t care what your business name is before they have ever bought from you. Do they?

Step 5. This is where we need to look at how to get more customers. I could (and have) written a book on this. This is such a huge subject I won’t go into it too deeply.

But let me suggest that nearly ALL businesses can benefit from simply running an ad in their local newspaper.

Yes you heard right. The newspaper is a super profitable means of getting new customers, mainly because tens of thousands of people read the newspaper every single week and you can tell them about your business just by spending some money on an ad.

If you’ve “tried” newspaper advertising and it didn’t work for you I suggest you open your mind to the idea again. Here’s why…

Reason 1. Every business owner I have ever met, before I worked with them, has tried newspaper ads and has failed to get enough sales to pay for it from the profit of sales. That’s because they or the newspaper designed it themselves and neither of them has read a book from any of the top advertising legends in the world… ever!

Reason 2. By reading 1 or more books you can make a poor ad that gets no calls into a super profitable ad, in one week!

Reason 3. You only have to run an ad once to see if it works. No $5,000 commitments like radio, or TV.

Reason 4. If you take the time to study success principles of advertising you can get a fantastic number of customers, in fact more than you can handle! When that happens you just run the ad anytime you’d like more customers. How does that sound?

Reason 5. You can test a new ad design for just $200 or less, so there’s low risk.

With newspaper ads you need to run them on page 3, 5, 7 or 9. No later!

If you dont then you won’t get the best value for money. More people read these pages than any other, that’s why the newspaper charges you extra for it. But wouldnt you like to get 5 – 10 times better response by paying 30% more?

I know I would!

Getting an education about effective advertising and marketing is the best education you will ever get. Yet virtually no one in business bothers doing it.

You will always need to get new customers.

Now here is the most powerful thing I can teach you about marketing.

“The aim of marketing is to generate more customers than you can handle!”

When you have more customers than you can handle, it becomes a supply and demand situation. If there is a scarcity of supply, due to demand, it means you can put your prices up.

And when you put your prices up you make more net profit margin. That means more take home pay for YOU without more hours of work, or extra employees, or stress.

Has that motivated you to want to do more marketing and become a student of it? I hope so. But if you you want to know more, please head over to my website to find out more.