How To Take Your Business To The Cloud
Whether it is because you want to travel, work from home with your children or simply to be more organised, whatever your reason for wanting to take your business to the cloud, this post is for you.
If you have been following us for a while now, you will know that our purpose is to help our clients create the lifestyle blend that serves them and their family.
All of our clients are using cloud software. But, the question still looms, what if you want to take your ENTIRE business to the cloud?
In this post, we are going to delve into remote teams, bricks and mortar shops and alternative thinking...
My business is a brick and mortar store- what now?
So one of the more expensive solutions is to outsource., whether that is with contractors or staff on Payroll, this allows you to work on the business instead of in it. However this is not a possible step for everyone, so...
Thinking out of the box I believe the old saying goes.
What if your business HAD to work from the cloud? Imagine, (for the purpose of this exercise) that there were no other alternatives. If you are a dermatologist for example, could you do consultations via Zoom? If you are in the food industry, could you teach online?
There is, of course, the blend. So if we use the food example again, perhaps someone else could be cooking the goods and sending it out via the post (hello postal brownies) and you could manage the orders online. As soon as you start thinking of alternative, crazy ideas, that's where the magic begins.
Remote Teams - will it work for me?
Ok, now let's talk about remote staff. The whole Cone team is remote, which is pretty unheard of in the accounting industry. We do this for many reasons. But one of the reasons is that it allows the whole Cone Squad to be remote.
Will it work for you?
Well, it is not for everyone. Largely for 2 reasons:
You need your staff to do a service which requires their presence.
If you are getting other people to work inside of the business while you work on it, it may be the case that these people simply cannot be remote, if it requires their presence. There may not be a way around this unless you can do some alternative thinking as we mentioned above. Or...
You cannot micromanage.
Or one of the very frequent reasons as to why people don't get on with managing a remote team is that you cannot bear not to micromanage. When you are leading a team remotely as our Founder Ben does, you cannot be watching their every move, and what's more, you shouldn't feel that you need to! If you invest in time and processes during the hiring process, this will save you a lot of hassle in the long run!
We know we have talked a lot about processes in our blogs and Instagram. But it is necessary to mention them here again.
By streamlining your processes, you can be more efficient, have more time and more money. That is a pretty good deal.
But streamlining your processes is more than just getting an app. It is looking at what you really need. It is researching each new app or step and seeing how it improves the overall process.
This next point is the fourth and the final point we want to cover in this post (if you want more let us know on Instagram. We take your requests very seriously).
So the third point to cover is your mindset. If you want to take your business to the cloud, you need to know your 'why'. Your purpose. Because that is your motivator.
You need to know that any lifestyle or business change can be impactful, scary and sometimes challenging.
But you need to see that as part of the adventure, as opposed to as another chore. If you are taking your business to the cloud so that you can embark on digital nomad life, then you need to know why you are doing it. What countries are best to visit. Where will you work? Sometimes wifi will not work, and you need to have a solution for that. Maybe you need to pick somewhere where your timezone difference is not too vast...
There is a lot to consider when taking your business to the cloud. As long as you know your 'why', your purpose and have a plan, we are confident you will love it.
About the author
Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is keen makeup lover, foodie and loves to work from luxurous destinations.