The following are tools that the small to medium size business owner should be using to manage their business. This is not a comprehensive list. However, all services have one thing in common, they are cloud based. In my opinion no small business should consider providing any of the services offered by the tools below on servers physically managed on premises unless your business is that of a data center/ cloud provider or you have very unique security requirements.
Using these tools enables the small business to focus on doing their business and not get bogged down in administrative tasks. These services are affordable and worth the cost if you value your time.
- Google Apps for Business
- Microsoft Office 365
- LucidChart - Diagrams and Charts (MS Visio replacement)
- SmartSheet - Online Project Management (MS Project replacement)
Backup and Sync
- Google Apps for Business - Drive
- Microsoft Office 365 - File Sharing
- Logmein - Cubby
- Jungle Disk
- Postach.io (Uses Evernote or Dropbox for Content Management)
- Logmein - Join.me
- Goto Meeting
- Google Hangouts
Remote System Management
- Team Viewer
- Chrome RDP
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Microsoft Azure
- MightyText - Send Text Messages (SMS/MMS) from your computer or tablet
- Beyond Pod
- Wifi Analyzer
- Kindle Reader
- Pocket - Save and read it later...
Firewall & Anti-Virus
- Microsoft Defender
- ChromeBooks & ChromeBoxes - easy, fast, affordable cloud based computing device
- minimum specs: Celeron processor (Core i3 is better) and 4GB RAM
- MacBook Pro - if you need a powerful and reliable notebook computer. These are hard to beat.
- If you want something thinner and lighter check out the MacBook Air
- You get what you pay for!
- Synology NAS - Local backup and storage, roll-your-own Cloud
- OnePlus One - the affordable flagship smartphone
- iPad - If you need a tablet, this is the one to have. Versatile, Fast, Durable and Easy to use.