Say the term ‘work from home’ to some employers, and it’s greeted by a variety of snorts, jeers and ‘get real’.
There’s still this need to see a bum on a seat in order to believe that work is actually being completed.
But it’s 2014, and the times have changed.
The cloud has completely revolutionised the way we store and utilise our business information. From accounting to payroll, to point-of-sale and data storage – for most workers, the ability to work remotely is no longer a concept, but an innate reality.
For any business owners who have yet to convert their business to the cloud, I just have one question. Why?
In my experience, when I’ve been afraid to try something new it’s generally because I either have concerns about the timing, or I simply haven’t felt that click of realisation. (Yet.)
Accounting is the perfect example of what can be achieved through the cloud.
With traditional desktop accounting suites, business owners and managers can see it as somehow more secure, because it’s not stored online. However, it comes down to an education of what a hacker would have to do in order to breach the security processes. I’m not going to say it’s impossible, but the closest thing to it.
From a timing perspective, there’s also a misconception that converting your systems across is a long and arduous process. The reality is quite the contrary.
In most cases your data can be exported over between 24 hours to 72 hours, and taking the time to familiarise yourself or your staff with the changes.
The rewards for taking the plunge are immense: analytics at your fingertips, connectivity to all of your staff, and live-updates of important changes. So what’s stopping you?