This is a guest post from our Panda Partner Kylie Harker, Founder of Squirrel Business Hub
As Founder of Squirrel Business Hub, I advise SMEs on cloud-based business systems. Over the past three years, I’ve been privileged to work with more than 140 companies, which has given me a useful insight into business practices. Time and again, I’ve witnessed people entering the same data into their database or CRM, then again into their accounting package, and sometimes even for a third time into their calendar or marketing software. I’ve also seen how many hours can go into copying and pasting the same content to create proposals for different clients, sending them as email attachments, and coordinating comments and signatures. It’s painful to see how many errors can creep in along the way, particularly as a result of manual entry and poor version control – and astonishing how much valuable, potentially billable, time is wasted.