Need to Manage Remote Workers? There Is A Software For That!

Today’s office is heavily reliant on computers for everything, but some positions haven’t changed as technology has. Whether your small business has a staff of repair workers, cleaning people, or delivery workers, chances are you have at least one staff member who spends most of the day away from a computer.

These employees need to stay in touch just as much as your desk workers. In fact, by automating many of your processes, you can save time and money, as well as free up your employees to take on more work. But with so many choices, how does a company know which automation software to choose? Below are a few office automation software solutions that can help your remote workers stay connected.

Synchroteam–Synchroteam has two major features that are of benefit in today’s workforce: it is Cloud-based and it works on mobile devices. It may not be reasonable for your staff to use traditional computing devices in the field, but for a fraction of the price, you can purchase smartphones or tablet devices with mobile wireless capabilities for your workers to use. Additionally, Synchroteam’s software is customizable, so you can set up the software to meet your business’s specialized needs. Manage workflow, schedule assignments and keep up with your customers, all using Synchroteam’s Cloud-based interface. No need to buy servers or load software on your existing equipment — Synchroteam has you covered. At a cost of just $38 per month, Synchroteam is a great option for a small business.

FieldOne–If you employ service or repair technicians, FieldOne has software that will not only help with scheduling, but with job costing, as well. If billing and payment are a challenge for your small business, FieldOne can help automate your processes from the beginning, saving wasted time spent duplicate-entering job information. By automating your scheduling and paperwork, you can also save your remote workers from repeated trips back to the office to receive assignments and submit work orders. This allows them to be more productive, take more assignments, and bring in more money for your business. FieldOne is also Cloud-based and costs $695 for a desktop license on a basic plan with $30 per month per mobile license.

Ascente–If your employees work in construction, plumbing, or HVAC, Ascente has a solution tailored to your small business. Designed by California-based software development firm Compusource, Ascente can help cost construction jobs, dispatch employees and even manage inventory. Ascente can work on a computer or mobile device.

M.O.S.T.–This software is designed with your employees in mind. With a mobile customer-friendly interface, M.O.S.T. is ideal for service-related contractors, including HVAC workers, plumbers, and specialty contractors. M.O.S.T. is designed for laptops and tablet PCs, so it isn’t an ideal solution for businesses planning to implement smartphones for remote worker management. Unlike Synchroteam and FieldOne, M.O.S.T. is not Cloud-based, so software will have to be installed. For smaller businesses one of the earlier solutions may be more cost effective.

Small businesses are looking to simplify and save money, but so many software choices can be overwhelming. By narrowing down your business’s specific needs, you can find software that will be both easy to deploy and save your company money.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

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