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In 1975, actor Roy Scheider delivered one of the most memorable lines in movie history when he said: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The phrase—first uttered by Scheider’s character, Chief Martin Brody, in Jaws—has grown a life of its own in the 40+ years since audiences first heard it. Today, its meaning spans well beyond Brody’s attempt at thwarting the man-eating shark’s thirst for carnage. It’s now a euphemism for a situation where someone is ill-equipped or unprepared to handle what’s in front of them. If you own a small business and you’re feeling overworked and understaffed, let us first congratulate you. Finding that level of success isn’t easy, and many fail before encountering the problem you have.  Also, it may cause damage to the long-term health of your business if you don’t consider when it’s time to hire a bigger team.  Here are three ways to know when it’s time for that proverbial bigger boat.

There are many incorrect assumptions about how software might negatively impact a business. These include misconceptions around the price, lack of obvious business benefits, or worries about how hard it is to use the software. These myths are particularly prevalent among small businesses. That’s a shame because in many ways small businesses stand to benefit the most from these platforms' features. Here are a few of the biggest and most enduring myths about business software.

Small business owners should never feel like they need to acquire business software simply for the sake of implementing the latest technology. Yes, the business software market is expanding rapidly and growing at a rate of eight percent a year. Its market share is now hundreds of billions of dollars, but that doesn't mean entrepreneurs should rush to purchase the latest platforms. Small businesses should take a careful and strategic approach to select software. They can do this by first examining their own objectives and identifying areas they want to improve on.

There’s a reason why you’re more likely to find an old “Yellow Pages” phonebook in an antique shop than someone’s home. Like rotary telephones, black and white televisions and typewriters before it, new technology basically left the printed directory in the dust. We all know most people now go online to gather information, but did you know 90% of American adults use the internet? And they’re not just searching for phone numbers either.

For small businesses, one of the keys to success is establishing consistent cash flow. Whether you own a three-man plumbing company or a small bakery, you need monthly revenue. Some small businesses can't afford to maintain a dedicated billing and invoicing department and as a result, the work of drawing up and sending out invoices falls to the owner, who already has a ton of other priorities to juggle. In other cases, small businesses may dedicate a specific time of the week to creating and sending invoices. Either way, the billing process can get slowed down, and maybe even delayed or overlooked altogether. Not getting those invoices out in a timely fashion can choke up cash flow and can cause stress. The latest small business software can bring major relief.

As a small business owner, there’s a good chance you’ve been in a position where you felt it best to go with your gut. There are times where taking an analytical approach and reviewing the facts to determine value is the right move. But, occasionally, there are rare opportunities where your gut and statistics align, and the answer is clear. Deciding to use home service software to augment your employee relations is one of those times, and we’re going to give you three reasons why. We think both your head and your gut will agree.

A plumber has a better chance of clearing a clog with a toilet auger than with a curling iron. Likewise, a hairdresser probably wouldn’t get much use out of a pipe wrench. For home service businesses, there are specific sets of tools that are unique to that line of work. Some assets span across all industries and serve a universal need. To fill a void that service businesses may encounter, here are three quick ways that WHERK Home Service Software can benefit your small business. Regardless of the industry.

Business software can help you manage your workforce, budget, work orders, and billing and invoicing. But while a great deal of attention is being paid to how these platforms can enhance productivity and support optimization, they also create the foundation for powerful connections between businesses and their customers. Software focused on customers, is commonly referred to as a customer relationship manager (CRM). The most comprehensive CRMs can impact the way businesses access and interpret customer data, and launching marketing campaigns for securing retention. These programs transform phone calls, and even website visits into actionable data that feed conversions, retention, and growth. Here we share some of the ways in which this software can help your small business. Improving customer relationships and retention rates.

Think about any office setting from any 80s movie, and chances are there was a scene with a giant Rolodex on the desk. These rotating file devices were the method of choice when it came to storing a customer’s critical contact information. If you're on the fence about migrating from a system that uses paper, check out these three reasons why it’s very important to have a CRM system.

According to technology firm Insight, only 53 percent of small businesses currently have a website. In 2019, that statistic speaks to just how reluctant many small businesses are to invest in technology. Even in an era where the vast majority of people find local businesses through search engines, many entrepreneurs avoid this critical aspect. If nearly half of small businesses still don't have a website, it's probably safe to assume that even more are hesitant about business software. Small business owners worry that software solutions are too expensive and too complicated. Some feel that these platforms are exclusive to larger companies with the bandwidth to take on a major operational overhaul. Rather, it gives the impression they’re for "insiders" who can smoothly navigate a sophisticated technology landscape that’s rapidly evolving.