Technology has helped to make our lives easier in so many different ways. Communicating with friends and loved ones have never been simpler, no matter whether they’re in the next room or on another continent. We have instant access to more movies and TV shows than we could ever watch in our lifetimes and can buy just about anything and have it delivered to our door.
For businesses, technology has made it easier to trade with the world, make us more productive, and run our operations more effectively.
If you’re a business owner and are looking for new ways to improve the way you work, check out these tools to help take your business to the next level.
If you run a manufacturing business, especially one that makes products to order, and have never come across an MRP system before, then this could quite easily change your life. An MRP system does all of the heavy lifting in relation to:
- Monitoring the number of components and raw materials that you have in stock
- Identifying when stock levels are running low
- Planning how much more needs to be purchased or produced to ensure stock remain at suitable levels
An MRP tool will integrate with your manufacturing operations, helping you to schedule your production, forecast demand, perform QA, and undertake your accounting.
If you’re looking for an MRP system for your small manufacturing business, then Katana is one of the best options on the market.
If you’re not yet using a cloud-based accounts package, you’re being left behind. The traditional method of bookkeeping, which involves literally keeping books of numbers is outdated, takes a long time, and is prone to errors.
Cloud-based systems can integrate with your other systems; produce professional-looking electronic invoices, statements, purchase orders, and credit notes; and do the heavy lifting of reconciling your bank statements.
They can even be automated, automatically downloading transaction data from your bank or credit card company so that you don’t have to mess around with importing fiddly CSV files.
What’s more, because your data is in the cloud, you can access your accounts from your smartphone, snap photos of receipts for your expenses, track your business mileage, and raise invoices on the go.
Great options include Freshbooks, Xero, and Sage and most can be scaled to businesses of all sizes.
If you’re still sending emails back and forth between colleagues while working on a project, you’re probably tearing your hair out in frustration. Keep track of different files, getting lost with the latest revisions, and missing messages are all common problems.
But collaboration apps can help solve this. Trello is one of the best options for small businesses, giving you a digital board to place tasks on. Each task can be moved into different columns like you would do with a Post-It note. You can also attach files, create to-do lists, and discuss each task individually.
As with the accounts packages, these tools can be accessed from your smartphone or tablet, giving you the freedom to check and update progress as you go.