The story is told of a promising martial arts student who wanted to advance his skill as quickly as possible. Having seen the value of working with a master, the clever student thought it wise to double-up his training.
“Master,” he said, “I’ve learned so much from you. You know I’m a devoted student. I’d like to learn even more. I’m considering working with a second master to learn another style. I think it could strengthen my understanding, coordination and skill.”
The master looked at his student. He was silent for a moment, and then he exhaled deeply. The wisdom of his years showed on his face as he shook his head.
“No,” he said. “You should not do this.”
“Why not?” the student asked with respect.
The master smiled. “Because,” he explained, “the hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither.”
Simple is better
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The key to making your business a success doesn’t lie in being busy. It lies in creating a productive environment for yourself and your employees—whether you’re working alone, collaboratively, in the office or on the road.
One survey found the average professional is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes during an 8-hour work day. Too many of us spend too much time on stuff that doesn’t contribute to growth.
But there’s a better way.
Greater focus leads to better results
The more you can focus on your goals, the more likely you are to hit them. That’s why it’s important to use every available tool to make the tasks of running a business easier.
Why waste your valuable time and energy on tedious administrative stuff? Wouldn’t you rather hone in on the things that really matter? If so, cloud solutions are a good fit for your small business.
How cloud solutions can improve your focus (and your mobility)
Cloud technology isn’t a passing fad. It’s a powerful way to narrow your focus, getting more done without working insane hours. In fact, 60% of small businesses that use the cloud see a significant boost in productivity.
Below are 6 ways cloud solutions can help you get more done in less time, no matter where you are.
1. Less time spent on grunt work
Installing, updating and maintaining software and hardware is critical. It’s also a huge time commitment. Cloud solutions eliminate much of the time spent on routine maintenance.
Cloud services don’t require nearly as much maintenance, freeing you to spend your valuable time on something else.
2. Unreal flexibility
Growing a small business is a delicate balancing act. When you’re in rapid growth mode, just keeping up with the demands of more customers and more employees can become a huge distraction.
Cloud solutions are a great fit because they’re scalable, allowing you to easily adjust as your needs change. That allows you to be more agile and strategic, taking your business to the next level.
3. Unleash collaboration
Cloud solutions focused on team collaboration are in demand right now, and for good reason. When your people are able to effortlessly pool their efforts, you’re guaranteed better results.
Some of the best collaborative tools on the market right now are cloud-based. Plus, these solutions will allow you to collaborate well face-to-face or at a distance.
4. Big business solutions
Just because you run a small business doesn’t mean you can’t have access to enterprise-level tools. Cloud solutions are the great equalizer.
Because they scale easily, you can use the very same top-tier options Fortune 500 companies use to stay at the top of their game. Not only that, but cloud computing is secure and reliable, reducing day-to-day support issues. The cloud can even be a valuable part of your disaster recovery plan.
5. Work from wherever
As a small business owner, you can’t be in the office every single day. Sometimes the many hats you wear force you to work on the go. Even if you’re not a fan of telecommuting, there are times when you simply must.
Cloud solutions paired with mobile apps give you the ability to stay connected and productive, even if you’re on the other side of the globe.
6. More value (and maybe lower costs).
Cloud solutions can absolutely deliver high value. You can see that in the previous five points. They might also lower costs.
It’s great when that happens, but the important thing here is value. Any tool that helps you sharpen your focus is worth the investment. Especially when those tools are a proactive and strategic part of your business model.
Finding the right cloud solutions
Of course, you only get the benefits of cloud solutions if you choose the right cloud solutions. That’s a tall order for most SMB owners because of the sheer number of options available. But there’s a way to make that easier, too.
We recommend contacting your managed IT services provider (MSP) for recommendations.
Your MSP already knows your business infrastructure and your goals. They’re in the ideal position to point you toward the cloud solutions that will be the best fit for your team.