One third of entrepreneurs using cloud applications to help run their business

Why small businesses go online

The survey commissioned by Smarta partner Intuit UK, explored how and why small businesses use the cloud within their business. Reasons for using internet-based applications included:

  • Access documents or services anywhere - 70%.
  • Save time, with no need to install software - 41%.
  • Easier to share information with others - 49%.

Increases in cloud-based services over the next 12 months

The survey reports this entrepreneurial shift towards the cloud will see growth over the next year in several key applications, including storage, word processing and financial management services.

"Small businesses in the UK are showing increasing confidence toward using online services to manage core business functions such as financial management," said Pernille Bruun-Jensen, managing director of Intuit UK, which launched Quickbooks Online this week to help small businesses save time with easy online money management.

"In launching QuickBooks Online we are helping this new generation of businesses to securely access their books online and keep on top of their finances wherever they are," Bruun-Jensen said. "QuickBooks Online is new and tailored for the UK market, but built on a decade of experience in the US where we have more than 215,000 paid subscribers."

Available on Mac and PC, QuickBooks Online helps businesses do their books, automatically backs up their data and offers secure access from anywhere. It can create and manage professional invoices, track cash flow, manage VAT returns and handle multiple currencies. By storing all financial data on central servers, and backing up automatically every two hours, your files are protected from computer damage, loss or theft.

Quickbooks Online is also available as part of the Smarta Business Builder package - click here for a free 14 day trial.

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