Saturday, April 15, 2017

5 timesavers for your global business

Top_Five_Timesavers_for_your_Global_Business Taking your company global may represent the single, most important business move you will ever make. But even if you have successfully conquered the domestic market, such growth can make things very complicated, very quickly. To save time, money, and sanity, there are plenty of services tailor-made to support your rise to global domination. Here are just a few: Airbnb for Business Airbnb has disrupted the world of accommodation for globe-trotting travelers, but they also have a branch of their service that is dedicated to business travel. This gives your team complete control of their own travel, and removes the third-party complications and expense of using a travel agent. Your workforce can book business-ready units, with all the amenities you could possibly need, and the added bonus of a host who is experienced with the specific needs of business travel. Airbnb integrates with Concur for tracking expenses, and best of all, your company can take advantage of the affordability and flexibility so many travelers have come to depend on. Skype for Business Skype for Business (S4B) is now fully integrated with Microsoft Office 365, providing you with centralized integration of all your communications, as well as your CRM. For teams on the move, S4B offers some exciting features that help you facilitate meetings with up to 250 people at a time. Enjoy high quality audio and video, screen sharing, selective muting, transfer presenter control, and fully encrypted signals for the ultimate in privacy. If you are doing business with companies in foreign countries where language is an issue, S4B even offers a translation module that supports more than 50 languages. Schedule your meetings, invite stakeholders, and connect without even leaving the Office platform. And of course, you’re already familiar with the Microsoft apps, so there is zero learning curve. Zendesk As your company scales, outsourcing is a must to maintain a high level of service. Rather than adding an additional payroll expense, consider outsourcing your customer service to Zendesk. Zendesk will support your growth with phone, live chat, support ticketing, and call center features that will keep your customers happy, and supply you with robust analytics that can help you improve your service or product. Zendesk also offers a suite of outbound integrations, providing your customers with a rich, high-touch experience that will leave them with a positive impression of your company, and you with a centralized platform from which you can engage your customers on popular social apps like Twitter, and Facebook. Outsourcing As your company grows, your projections will change dramatically. Your staffing needs may shift, and it is always necessary to remain nimble in any circumstance. You can outsource just about everything these days, from copywriting, graphic design, marketing, web development and website design to IT security, executive recruiting, and even temporary CEOs. Hiring a freelancer is more economical and expedient than permanent staffing, as you can hire on a project-by-project basis, and save the extra payroll expense for more important things. It will also allow you to more accurately predict your expenses, which, during a growth phase, is a hot point. To hire a freelancer, it’s as easy as browsing sites like Upwork, Fiverr and Envato, or companies like Crossover for long-term talent recruitment. You’re going to be surprised at the skilled personnel you can hire on a temporary basis – and it’s a clear win that frees up a lot of extra time for you to focus on running your business. Hubstaff Hubstaff is the ultimate time tracking software suite for global teams, and makes it easy to monitor the activity of your workforce, no matter where they are located in the world. Set hours, schedule shifts, track time, and get metrics on what each employee is up to, even down to how much time they spend working on specific applications or websites. Hubstaff collects screenshots, and is completely HIPPA compliant, blurring the images to assure the confidentiality of sensitive materials. Hubstaff makes paying your global workforce easier too, leveraging payroll data directly to your preferred accounting program, and facilitating payouts through all of the most popular payment processors, including Payoneer, PayPal, BitWage, and more – and all packaged into a handy mobile app so you can monitor and micromanage to your hearts content, no matter where your physical self might be.