Home contracting businesses operate in a highly-competitive environment across a variety of markets. And for those businesses without a robust digital presence, it is much harder in today’s digital ecosystem. Being available to your customers, vendors and partners across all platforms is key to ensuring you will be around long into the future. A technology which will give you this type of presence and availability is cloud computing.
With cloud computing, you can better position your business with your customers and differentiate yourself from your competition by outperforming them in key areas. Here are 10 ways the cloud gives your home improvement contracting business an edge..
Allows You to Manage a Virtual Office
Working outside the office is par for the course with home contracting businesses, and with the cloud you can set up a virtual office at a temporary jobsite and manage your entire operation. You can communicate with all of your employees, vendors, other contractors, and customers as well as manage your projects.
Any location can be your office with the right cloud integration.
With cloud technology, you will improve access to the resources you and your employees need. You can access all of your applications and data anytime and anywhere with an internet connection. This also applies when people are trying to get in touch with you, because you will become more accessible.
This allows you to respond to the needs of your customers right away. If you are a one man (or one woman) operation, this type of access is invaluable for providing professional and personalized customer service to your clients.
Optimizes Your Mobile Devices
Whether smartphones, tablets, or laptops, any of your devices can be optimized with the cloud so you can do more with them. You and everyone you provide with access can use company resources from any location. With this capability, you can collaborate to get things done faster and more efficiently.
As a home contractor, collaboration with other businesses is an essential part of what you do. With cloud technology, your partners and customers can come together and collaborate to ensure everyone is on the same page. And because not everyone uses the same backend system, you can use your cloud platform to give them access on any connected device.
With this type of access, you can deliver a more transparent and accountable system by letting everyone in the process see what is taking place at all times.
Offers Real-time Access and Hardware and Software Agnostic Solutions
You will no longer have to call to the office to get updates with cloud computing. No matter how many people are working on a project, they can view and edit everything from blueprints to purchasing orders. Teams have access to the most recent updates on everything. They can even watch as documents are being edited in real-time. And these documents can all be accessed on any device running on any platform.
Streamlines Your Operations
The cloud solution you put in place can let everyone on your team work at the same time and make the information available instantly. This eliminates the need to email or call to get the information they need to move forward. Your business operations will be more streamlined for maximum efficiency.
Improves Cash Flow
You can manage your invoices and bid on new projects from anywhere, make changes as needed and even accept payments. With fully integrated cloud applications, you can improve the cash flow of your business by monitoring all accounts receivables and cash on hand to make sure your balance is accurate.
Provides Cheaper Software Options
Unlike traditional client-server based software systems, a cloud solution is maintained by the service provider. This of course will depend on the type of cloud solution you deploy, but it can get rid of the cost associated with servers, software, security, updates and other related costs of premises systems.
Allows You to Scale Easily
When your technology is located on your premises, scaling means more expensive hardware and software. With cloud computing, you can scale without limitations locally, nationally, or internationally. You can easily add more computing power, storage, bandwidth and software as you need them.
Offers Pay-as-You-Go Options
Most if not all cloud service providers have a pay-as-you-go payment option so you only pay for what you use. This type of payment structure gives home contractors an affordable entry into cloud computing and the digital resources it offers.
Summing up The Benefits
No matter what type of home contractor you are, you can leverage digital technology to ensure the long term sustainability of your business. What cloud computing does is to give you the flexibility and sustainability you need within your digital ecosystem to make your resources available at all times.
This not only allows you to compete with other small businesses, but also with large companies which may not be as efficient or nimble.
Simply put, cloud computing is going to let you work smarter with greater flexibility.
But Before You Get Started…
As always do your homework. Clearly define the specific needs of your business and identify ways cloud technology will meet them. If you need help identifying what those needs are, Meylah provides expertise and independent perspective for simplifying your migration to the cloud.
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