Digital Tools to Manage a Start-up Growing Business


“Cnoi cil” gyda #TechTyfu “Food for thought” – This month, we take a look at a selection of software tools that allows growers to manage their business efficiently.

Software as a Service for Business

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. As an on-demand software that is Web-based/Web-hosted, it can be accessed anywhere using a suitable device (Laptop/PC/Tablet/smartphone) giving you greater flexibility whether you’re in the office, warehouse or out and about. SaaS can help you to improve efficiency, provide better information and insight, promote your business, boost security, and often reduce costs. However, reliable, and fast connectivity is important to make the most of these services.

Finance

Finance software enables you to control all your finances in one place. From creating customer invoices, entering supplier invoices, to bookkeeping. This software is usually available on a monthly subscription where different types of packaging depending on your needs. Some of the more advanced software will allow you to analyse your data in the form of reports to show profit and loss, forecast cashflow, manage a stock inventory, auto input supplier invoices, and connect feeds to your bank accounts. You can also export of give an accountant access to your data auditing.

Finance software providers:

SAGE – www.uk.sageone.com

XERO www.xero.com/uk/

QUICKBOOKS ONLINE – www.quickbooks.intuit.com/uk

CMS

A content management systems (CMS) is used to manage the creation and modification of digital content such as a website or ecommerce website. Online sales and marketing is a direct route to market, easy to set up, and a huge part of the UK economy that is growing year on year. The software available enables you to create different types of online presence, from simple page-based website advertising your business, to shop fronts and platforms that help you trade on established sites such as Amazon or eBay.

CMS software providers:

GoDaddy – www.uk.godaddy.com

Shopify – www.shopify.co.uk

Magento – www.magento.com