To compete in a modern era, businesses need to be able to focus on their core functions above all else. As a business in the current context, it is important to be able to do what you do best, as well as you can. One of the major downfalls of emerging businesses and startups has been the fact that they are unable to maintain this focus as the other aspects of running a business begin to rear their heads. Aspects such as what additional staffers are required, when they get paid and by who can seem like secondary aspects to the highly creative entrepreneur. However, it is these aspects of the business that will allow ongoing development, and business progress will be dependent on them.
Cloud technology and software as a service (SaaS) allows your business to have access to some of the best software and services ever. Through cloud computing, companies of all sizes are able to access a number of solutions and services from some of the biggest computing partners there are. The question is no longer whether you are in the cloud, it is how you use the available services and products and whether you have made the right partners for the hyper scaled growth and development that the cloud can offer. There are, in fact three essentials that businesses must access and use if they are to compete with the big players in a specific sector. These are detailed below:
The financing of business growth, paying wages and earning a salary from the business are all financial decisions and processes in nature and unless you have full-time staff managing your finances, or a general manager, you will need specialist support. There are numerous financial software packages that you can use to manage this function, but you must be sure of safety and compatibility with current business tech.
· Human Resources
Having the right team at the right time is a key aspect to business success. Startups generally do not have entire HR departments and the same can be said for many emerging and even established businesses. The trend has been to have the entire HR process outsourced, whereby everything from hiring to staff development, benefits and wages can then be managed for you. Or, this can be done using available software packages linked to your finance priorities and processes as aforementioned. This will be able to manage, record, process and track staff renumeration, supervision, leave, holiday and learning and development.
· Customer Relations
Similarly to your staff, your customers and clients are the external lifeblood of the business – many subjugate this stakeholder and delegate the function to a marketing agency. This is all good and well if you have a specific task in mind for a specific segment of your already well-known market. Yet, if you are still establishing the business and brand, then it is best to be as involved as is possible when it comes to engaging and interacting with your customers. Ensure that you have the right software or applications and use these and current tech to create a dialog with your customers and clients.