Do you wish you could access your business’s data from anywhere in the world at any time? That freedom can make life easier for you and your employees, and it can help your business grow. If you’re ready to grow your business, it may be time to look into cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.
Cloud ERP solutions store your business’s key functions—like customer management, inventory management, order management, billing, and analytics—in the cloud. Since the functions are stored in the cloud, not on your business’s computers, you can access them from anywhere. Here are a few ways cloud ERP solutions can benefit you and your business.
Access Your Business after Hours
As a business owner, you spend a lot of time in your office. Small business owners in Canada work an average of 51 hours every week, and one in five work as many as 60 hours a week. Working long hours is important when you’re trying to grow your business, but it can take a toll on other aspects of your life, like your family and friends.
When your business uses cloud ERP solutions, it’s easier to leave the office at 5 p.m. and get home in time for dinner. Later in the evening, after you’ve enjoyed some family time, you can log into the cloud and put in a couple more hours.
Your employees can also benefit from the ability to get work done outside of business hours. If employees need to work adjusted hours, they can do some work in the office, and then finish up later at home. Being able to offer this type of flexibility benefits your business, too, because workers with flexible work hours are happier with their jobs and less likely to leave.
Check in while You’re on Vacation
Are you worried about going on vacation because you won’t know what’s happening at your company while you’re gone? You’re not alone, and many small business owners don’t take vacations. Taking some time away from your business is important because it gives you time to relax and recharge, but a complete break can be anxiety inducing.
With a cloud ERP solution, you can check in on your business from anywhere in the world. While you’re away on vacation, you can quickly log in to check what’s happening at work. If you see that everything is going according to plan, you can log off and enjoy the rest of the day. If you see that there are issues that need to be managed, you can make some calls to get it sorted out, and then get back to relaxing.
Benefit from a Remote Workforce
A major benefit of a cloud ERP solution is that it lets you benefit from a remote workforce. When all your data is stored on your company’s computers, your employees must be physically present in the office to do any work. This means you’re limited to hiring from your local candidate pool, and you may have trouble finding good local candidates.
When your employees can access your data from anywhere, you gain access to a worldwide workforce. Employees can work from home in a city across the country from your company’s office, and they can still do all the same work they’d do if they were local. Being able to cast your net this wide when you’re hiring gives you access to the best workers, and talented employees are a key part of your business’s success.
A remote workforce also helps you reduce your business’s expenses. When your employees are spread out around the country, you can rent a smaller office, and you don’t need to buy as much office equipment.