If you are a small business owner, you know a vacation is a hard commodity to come by. Business doesn’t stop just because you leave the office for a few days. As in other aspects of life, technology is helping to solve this age-old problem. The benefit of the cloud is reaching firms of all sizes and is reducing some of the stress of leaving the office. Many small businesses are reaping the rewards of mobile tools and web-based accounting systems to stay on top of processes and day-to-day operations, regardless of where they are.
Although some professionals might look at this “always plugged in” lifestyle as being a drawback, a recent report showed that most small business owners actually appreciate the freedom it gives them, whether it’s to attend their children’s activities, spend time with the family, or they’re on the road for business.
A survey conducted by Manta SMB Wellness Index found many small business owners, regardless of the financial status of the business, were unable to take a vacation or were unable to fully enjoy their vacation when they did take one. After all, there are no paid vacations for the owners of small businesses. For the smallest of businesses, taking a day or more off often means that the lights, and revenue, go dark during that time. Accountants in small practices can likely empathize with this premise because they are not on vacation the same time as their clients who might need assistance with payroll and accounting issues.
Cloud computing and mobile devices, from smart phones and tablets to netbooks, are relieving much of the anxiety. A survey conducted by the Manta SMB Wellness Index showed that of the 1,200 entrepreneurs questioned, 60% said they planned on taking a vacation and the cloud and mobile technologies played a role in the decision. These technologies allow them to stay in contact with their business and clients while they were on vacation.
While working on vacation can be depressing, it is sometimes necessary. When key members of a small business go on vacation, workflow becomes a logjam, and many small business owners dread the thought of coming back to a backlog of tasks and issues. Cloud technologies are easing the stress and helping people actually enjoy their vacation because they don’t have a constant worry of what’s going on at home. If that’s not a good reason to evaluate moving your small business to the cloud, you probably need a vacation.