As the European Union battles a debt crisis and the U.S. struggles to avoid the fiscal cliff, you can be excused for thinking that this is the worst possible time to start a business. Yet, before we decide that the glass is half empty, it’s also important to explore some of the advantages that emerging business owners have today that did not exist as recently as a few years ago; particularly, with respect to cloud-based technology.
The first time I started a business, many of the operational requirements for managing my company depended on either expensive professionals or technology tools that were only affordable for large enterprises. Even small business software tools required an investment in servers and computers, up-front license fees, and additional ongoing maintenance costs to keep everything running. All of these tools required thousands of dollars in capital.
The cloud and the emergence of software-as-a-service (SaaS) business applications have changed everything. Instead of committing large amounts of precious capital to install and run the technology essential to managing my business operations, I can now access virtually all of the tools and technology I need for less than $10 a day.
I’m not just saying this to make a point. Rather, we literally run SaaS Markets using cloud-based applications that keep our expenses down, while providing more power and value than I ever had available the last time I started a business. For a little more than the cost of a Starbucks coffee and pastry, I have several business apps that I use to power essential business functions each day.
If you need to manage cash flow, invoicing and payments, and monitor your business accounting, there’s an app for that. Are you struggling to manage projects across times zones and geographies? There are apps for that, as well. Need to monitor how employees are using their time? Struggling to manage social media updates? Trying to monitor and manage that next marketing campaign? Well, there are apps for all of these endeavors.
There are literally thousands of apps available for these specific business needs, in addition to more than 1,300 pre-qualified apps that we make instantly available through AppClick our store and through the Chamber of Commerce app stores that we’ve developed across the U.S.
No one I know can control the competition or the global economy, but I can point you to a wide array of SaaS apps that can help you run your business more efficiently and effectively than ever before–all for less than $10 a day.