One tip I like to share with small business owners is to consider using Google Apps. Google Apps will allow you to create a comprehensive collaboration space that includes access to email, calendars, document sharing, and more.
According to Google, “Google Apps offers simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools for any size business – all hosted by Google to streamline setup, minimize maintenance, and reduce IT costs.”
Best of all the basic level of Google Apps is FREE.
By running your email through Google Apps you will no longer need to pay a separate fee for email from places like GoDaddy. Google Apps lets you run up to 50 business emails (for Free) and offers paid solutions for needs beyond that.
Having your calendar, email, and documents all in one spot for you and all of your team is a HUGE time saver. You can select what you share with other employees and what you keep private. Sharing and setup is managed through a central admin account. You can also access Google Apps from any computer or mobile device (iPad, smart phones, etc) connected to the internet.
Here at Freshlime we couldn’t live without Google Apps. It makes life so much simpler. We can create email addresses within minutes. We share calendars with other team members with the push of a button. We also can create all of our documents (text documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, and more) inside the Documents feature and are able to share these with clients and other team members quickly. We can also export docs to .doc, .xls, .pdf formats so we can back them up on our computers.
To get started with Google Apps for your Business go to their website and sign up. Google offers an intuitive guide to walk you through the process of getting everything switched over.
For 2011, we are including Google Apps setup for all new Freshlime web design customers.