22 Jun 5 Reasons Traditional Accounting Solutions Are Holding You Back
If you’re a small to mid-sized business (SMB) owner who has found success using desktop solutions or spreadsheets for accounting, it can seem unnecessary to change anything up. After all, if your business is stable and growing, your solutions are probably doing just fine, right? You’ve heard of the cloud as a more modern alternative, but you may have also heard that it’s expensive, cumbersome, and a pain to transition to.
In our eBook Busted: 5 Myths About Moving Accounting to the Cloud we debunk some of the common worries surrounding cloud-based accounting and demonstrate how desktop solutions and spreadsheets will ultimately hold your business back from true growth. Here are five reasons why.
Reason 1: On-premise accounting can’t keep up with cloud
When you operate your accounting from a cloud solution, you no longer need to wait on someone to transfer a file or show up to the office. As long as your data is managed properly, it is available for your team to access immediately at any time, anywhere in the world. This means you will be able to generate reports that use real-time data—making your decision-making more reliable and precise.
Reason 2: Scaling your business is hard with traditional solutions
While technically you can grow your business in the short term using desktop solutions or spreadsheets, business technology has been and will continue to shift towards the cloud because of how it helps to manage operations, data, and a growing workforce remotely. Even if you haven’t adopted remote or hybrid work yet, operating solely with on-premise accounting systems will limit your ability to acquire talent that expects some degree of remote work flexibility.
Reason 3: Your legacy systems will lose support
It’s understandable to want to keep what you’re used to. While your current accounting solutions may be fine today, it’s important to consider how they would be able to support you in the future. Many on-site solutions eventually reach an “end of life” period where they are no longer updated or supported by their providers. With cloud solutions, this is a non-issue as products receive ongoing support and automatic updates.
Reason 4: Staying “unplugged” from the cloud doesn’t keep your data safer
Desktop accounting solutions require your data to be backed up in physical drives, which means if your data or drives are compromised—be it accidentally or via cyber crime—you lose that information. Cloud networks protect data better by keeping everything backed up in secure digital archives which are monitored and protected against potential cyber attacks around the clock.
Reason 5: Traditional accounting solutions lack community
One underappreciated aspect of cloud accounting is the degree of community engagement and support within that space. QuickBooks Online customers get connected to Intuit’s online forums which have active and likeminded SMBs owners like you who are looking for ways to improve their accounting practices and share their experiences to help others gain knowledge.
The right partner can make the transition to cloud accounting easy
Don’t wait until it’s too late to migrate away from legacy accounting technology and outdated methods. Cloud-based accounting can secure your success for the future. At Siegel, we work alongside our customers and use advanced analytics to ensure their business has all the accounting tools it needs to remain successful and scalable for years to come. Contact us today to find out how easy it can be to embrace the exciting opportunities offered by cloud accounting solutions, or subscribe to our eBook.