As banks make it more difficult for small and medium sized businesses to take out loans, expenditures for improving internal business processes can rapidly shrink or disappear altogether in an economic slowdown. Customers reign in spending, businesses suffer and look for ways to streamline their business with cost-effective solutions, only to find that the bank will no longer give them the loan to make it happen…and so the cycle continues….
The New York Times notes that the witholding of credit comes as the economy tightens and joblessness grows, making it difficult for companies who would be able to grow to secure the funds to do so. By mid-June 2008, the credit that banks were giving was decreasing at the rapid rate of more than 6 percent. In dollar terms, that’s about $150 billion dollars that companies at present (and very likely for awhile into the future) cannot get for their business needs. Imagine wanting to do internal restructuring to be more cost effective and needing to make a large expenditure for the softwares, etc. to accomplish it….and then not being able to get the money for the investment.
So one question certainly becomes…”What do in a tight economy when I want to improve my business?” The answer is to be creative. If improving customer relations, employee management and project management to reduce costs and increase flexibility are what you want to do, consider the benefits of hosted web software. Hosted web software is a way to do these things without using a large captial expenditure or taking out a loan from the bank for expanding your business and in times like the present, you may not be able to get the loans even if you want/need them.
According to Jeff Pyden of OmniVue Business Solutions
, hosted online software has many benefits for companies who find themselves in these kinds of situations. First, hosted software is done on a pay-as-you-go basis
and can be done monthly, yearly, etc. This allows you to easily add or remove users
as your business changes and there are no upfront software costs, but there is always the ability to get premanent licenses later if you need them. In general, since no money has been spent on internal resources, there is less risk and more affordability and flexibility
which can be ideal for the current economic situation.
Hosted web software, like OfficeClip
, are internet based solutions, giving you the ability to access your data anywhere, anytime, anyplace with just a web browser
. Data and applications such as Web Timesheet
, Contact Manager
, Online Calendar
and Document Sharing
are managed easily and quickly, and the hosted version allows you to add or remove applications as your needs change. If you have financial concerns, are worried about the economy or simply want to try something new to improve important aspects of your business, hosted web software may be perfect for you
SK Dutta is a software architect and creator of OfficeClip Suite of products. He loves to design and develop software that makes people do their job better and more fun. He always explores ways to improve productivity for small businesses. He is also an avid reader in many areas, including psychology, productivity, and business.