Use the Cloud to power productivity in your business

Sometimes it’s not so bad to have your head in the clouds – especially if it means making your office run more efficiently.

Cloud technology has become a valuable tool for driving productivity and efficiency for many business operations. The Cloud is a great resource to save data in a secure off-site location that can be easily accessed from different locations on multiple devices. Below are just a few Cloud-based suggestions we  believe can help make a small office more productive.

Back it up and forget it. We recommend using an online backup solution like Carbonite to back up your computer systems.   For instance, Carbonite Pro offers a great solution for backup and recovery at a very reasonable price per year.  Once the software is setup, it will constantly monitor your system for changed files, which will automatically be backed up to the Cloud.  This way you don’t have to take time to save to an external hard drive or take other duplicative measures.

Furthermore, once your system is backed up you can restore one or all your files in the case of an emergency.  Carbonite also provides file versioning that allows you to restore a previous version of a file.  For instance, if you need a copy of the spreadsheet before it became corrupted you could find the version of the file that existed a week ago and restore it.  This prevents you from spending time recreating the entire spreadsheet.

Bring it all together. Your business undoubtedly runs using several applications – email, word processing, spreadsheets and others. For ease and efficiency, you want to be able to access them easily whether you are in your office or on a mobile device. By far the most common desktop productivity software is Microsoft Office.  Consider using an online service such as Office 365 to gain access to all the Office applications and personalized email services. This service also comes with a top-level spam and virus protection built in.

Office 365 has many plans available, some of which include full versions of Office and centralized Cloud-based file storage.  Cloud file storage will allow you to save your files and access them anywhere using the OneDrive solution.  Files saved in your OneDrive account also can be securely shared with your employees who are on the road, minimizing downtime.

Bar the door. There are several products on the market that automate the process of keeping all your desktops and laptops safe from viruses and malware that could cost you thousands of dollars in downtime.  There are a lot of hackers and virus networks that are just waiting to infect unsuspecting users’ computers with malware or encryption viruses.  Along with being a vigilant user, it takes several steps to ensure that your computer is a safe as possible.

We suggest utilizing an online service like Microsoft Intune or Sophos Endpoint protection that will monitor your computer for current patches and ensure that antivirus updates are always installed.

When you utilize a Cloud service to manage your systems, you are ensuring that no matter where the computer is, if it has an Internet connection, it will report back and receive critical updates, keeping your systems running at optimal levels.

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Creating a successful succession plan is about protecting the future of a business and/or brand and ensuring there is a strategy in place to ensure your business continues to thrive.

After years of investing time, money and other resources, it’s imperative to prepare for this next stage in business and life. Poor planning can increase risks for stakeholders and tarnish legacies. Let’s make sure the next generation is well-equipped and ready to take your life’s work and family legacy to an even greater level of success.

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Cloud accounting is just the beginning; Antares Group’s experienced technology team also performs system evaluations and makes recommendations for products and services that will help your business run more efficiently, as well as protecting your information and infrastructure with robust security options. Using the right technology for automation will simplify your life and keep your valuable data safe..

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An accurate understanding of your company’s current value and financial viability is vital for achieving business success and the launch pad to boundless possibilities in the years to come. Realistic valuations are essential for long-term strategic plans, business successions and expansions, gift and estate planning, and a lucrative retirement package. Planning for where you want to go in the future is what our business and tax advisors do best. Whatever your goals, we are here to provide you with the right plan and insightful guidance to achieve it.

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In such a fast-moving business environment, business owners need every advantage to succeed. Improving efficiency should be an ongoing part of your strategy for financial success, empowering you to make continuous improvements.

Whether your business is a single location seeking to grow effectively and sustainably, an established franchise brand adding new locations, or something in between, Antares Group provides a suite of back office services and the financial expertise to help business owners and managers achieve their operational and financial goals. In the process of supporting your essential back office operations with practical solutions, we analyze the function and effectiveness, looking for inefficiencies and potential liabilities, offering valuable insights for owners and managers.

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Minimizing your tax burden is a year-round strategy; planning for and preparing complex business and individual tax returns is where Antares Group excels. Beyond simply helping you fulfill basic tax obligations, you can rely on our tax advisory team to keep you informed of ever-changing regulations and keep you in compliance. We conduct regular reviews to make sure all methods of reducing your tax liabilities are being used. We routinely assess your personal income tax situation and cash flow to guard against the unexpected. This ongoing strategic analysis empowers you to maximize tax savings and capitalize on new opportunities.

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Cloud Accounting

Whether you run a small closely held business or a large franchise operation, maintaining a firm grasp of accounting and bookkeeping can be challenging. Between managing staff and overseeing daily operations, there is not enough time to dig into the books and make sense of the financials. You need to know the facts and the implications. – having precise, up-to-date information at hand means you always know your financial position so you can make informed decisions that keep your business moving forward.

The financial experts at Antares can create a custom menu of accounting and tax services perfectly catered to your business needs, including accurate and timely financial statements and reports, so you are always prepared to respond quickly to changing and challenging circumstances. Along the way, we provide clear feedback and financial guidance to help you predict trends and recognize issues, then make the necessary adjustments to sustain cash flow throughout the year.

  • Timely preparation of financial statements based on your particular needs
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