Staff to Pay for Free Online Business Solutions !

By: Rgroombridge

So, here it comes - everything every business has ever wanted delivered to your business on demand - Online. With the likes of BT, Microsoft and Google wanting to offer more, in some instances free, services in the form of shared workspace on the web. The race is on; not to offer the next classic 'killer application', but a shared working environment with a group of 'essential tools'. Businesses will establish space on the web and use this space to share work remotely with staff, suppliers or even potential clients. Applications as simple as a spreadsheet or calendar, to the complexities of a whole program could be shared within a single workspace on the web to many authorised users.

This huge area is potential a goldmine for both suppliers and users with many smaller vendors being able to offer smart business solutions or even suites of solutions, with the potential to be delivered worldwide without the enormous costs of boxed worldwide distribution! With the small business market in the UK alone accounting for over 45 per cent of employment and around ?870 billion turnover ($1600 billion), how do you get these smaller businesses interested? As many of these businesses are reluctant due to lack allocated IT funds, time, and inability to adapt or just being overwhelmed by the complexities of some of the bigger systems on offer to make use of such online offerings. This small business market has always been recognised as a tough nut to crack. In reality there will always be room for the classic 'killer application' whilst the big boys fight it out for the main prize - offering what's considered to be 'the best suite of online applications'.

An application delivered online for FREE paid for by unobtrusive advertising is possibly the answer, as the big prize here - for anyone wanting to take the gamble is 99.99 percent of users will be in full time employment and therefore of interest to many main brand advertisers. So in real terms a vendor may offer, for example, an HR solution such as a holiday planner like www.whosff.com, delivered online for FREE in return for presenting advertising to its users' staff.

The small business therefore buys into using a 'free service' but paid for by its staff being presented with the advertising. Of course theres nothing new in this; where Google leads others its seems must follow!

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