In a world of highly-pervasive technology and media, the idea of “the cloud” is not a foreign one. It is the network of information that hangs, invisible, above our heads, bouncing back and forth what we do on our smartphones, computers, and other devices. Unless the electronics are linked physically to the network, then whatever communications are occurring take place in this “cloud.” So, what does that have to do with business and how can it benefit contractors?
Breaking down the Cloud
The primary usage of the cloud for your business should be for storing important documents and images in one location that can be directly accessed by those who need to reference the materials. Contracts, invoices, and dozens of other materials that are crucial to have organized can be kept in a catch-all location for employees and even customers to reach, if necessary.
Speaking of communication, e-mail is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, activity that takes place across platforms. There is no better way to convey important information to your team or client than with an instant message via e-mail; it allows for easy conversation without the need for scheduled phone calls or in-person meetings. Additionally, any of the crucial documents or photos mentioned above that may be stored online can then be shared within that same “conversation,” allowing for a clearer correspondence every time.
Electronic calendars are another boon of the cloud. Many websites offer calendars that are saved in this way, and not just to one’s personal computer, so that the information and dates can be accessed anywhere for quick reference. In a similar way, there are a number of systems for making notes which then can be shared or referred to at a moment’s notice.
One of the best tools available is Google Docs, a word processor like any other, but sourced on Google itself and therefore can be worked on wherever you are. The entire team could work on a project or form from any location without any trouble with changes being saved automatically to prevent loss of production.
Finally, and perhaps most obviously, the Internet is the most effective machine at your disposal. Any information can be obtained at the touch of a button and shared or discussed with the above methods. Announcing new company news via social media, advertising commercial and residential offerings, investigating new ideas to better construction… all of these and more are accessible in a moment via a search engine and/or browser.
The cloud makes it easy for you to stay on top of your business and to keep all your work in one place. For advice, services, or for a free estimate for your roof, get in touch with Cox Roofing today.
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