For small businesses, the cloud is just plain dreamy. Not only does it free you from your desk, allowing you to access information from anywhere, but it also contains dozens of cloud-based services to help you better run your business.

As connoisseurs of the cloud, we at ShopKeep POS thought we’d write about a few of our favorites.

First off, say goodbye to that greasy, scribbled-on work schedule hanging in your shop with WhenToWork, one of those “why didn’t I think of that” services. WhenToWork makes it easy to schedule shifts, see who’s working when and fill empty slots with those who have availability. Employee scheduling is made easy. It keeps all employees in touch, so no more forgetting who’s supposed to open tomorrow.

For small business owners, that nightmare of falling from a high cliff is often replaced by the one of a tower of paper tumbling onto you, waking you right as you’re about to be buried. Use for payables management and get some sleep. You and your accountant will have everything you need to manage day-to-day finances and cash flow with It even automates bill payment and customer invoicing. You read that right, no need to write your to-do list on your hand anymore.

One thing small business owners sometimes miss about the corporate world is those amazing phone systems, where everyone has the same prefix, and it’s easy to access the phone number of any employee. Ring Central offers an amazing and inexpensive cloud-based phone system that does what those legacy systems do, but even better. No need to sit at desks in the same building or even the same time zone. Ring Central works with mobile phones as well.

What’s that? These all sound great, but you’d really love one more? Well, if you already have ShopKeep POS, we’ll give a brief shoutout to the ShopKeep POS Dashboard App. Get a live snapshot of how your store is doing from your smartphone. Check on sales and see the number of transactions that have been made that day. With ShopKeep POS’s cloud-based app, you can see whats happening in your store without having to step foot in it.

Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite cloud-based businesses and how they have helped you!

Richard Berger

Richard Berger

Richard Berger translates his years of experience in the startup & small business world into helpful advice for small business owners. As Director of Product Marketing at ShopKeep, the #1-rated iPad Point of Sale System, Richard has an unmatched understanding of POS system technology, and how it can be used to transform growing businesses.