This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Here's Software to Manage Your Business Like the Big Guys

The Grunt Work of Change

And that's the rub: Great gains are possible using productivity software, but they require nothing short of constant tinkering to tease out the actual business practices that improve my bottom line. In effect, to make these tools work, I am always monitoring how we exchange information here in Blumworld. I am always experimenting to make data and project flow as effective as possible. I am always asking my employees to try something new.

Now, this all sounds very Jack Welch, Harvard Business School noble of me, but I assure you the process is very much not that. Change can drive you and your employees nutty.

So as I review these productivity packages over the coming months, you'll see change for what it is: cold, irritating, never-ending, wasteful even ... and marvelously transformative. Yes, you will need a real willingness to fight the integration fight it will take to fit these tools into the quirks of your own living, breathing, imperfect small business.

But imagine the power that lies ahead. These business automation tools offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity to the exact same technology the biggest companies in the world use to be, well, the biggest companies in the world. If you can find -- and master -- the right business software tools for your business, I can't see how any competitor in your market can stop you.

Jonathan Blum is an independent technology writer and analyst living in Westchester, N.Y. He has written for The Associated Press and Popular Science and appeared on FoxNews and The WB.
3 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
AAPL $124.75 0.00%
INTU $95.58 0.00%
MSFT $41.62 0.00%
VZ $48.90 0.00%
FB $80.78 0.00%


DOW 17,826.30 -279.47 -1.54%
S&P 500 2,081.18 -23.81 -1.13%
NASDAQ 4,931.8150 -75.9760 -1.52%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs