What are some franchise processes that can be automated via the cloud? Hiring is one. According to Multi-Unit Franchisee, about 65% of organizations have a partially or fully automated cloud system for background screening, recruitment and other hiring processes.
Cloud computing for franchises is especially helpful in fulfilling governmental requirements. For example, with information for all the units of a franchise in the cloud, franchises can easily ensure paperwork compliance with I-9 forms. Franchises can also maximize tax credits and incentives by having all of the information from their individual units for their respective systems in one place.
Cloud Computing Security Concept
With viruses, data breaches and the like, it might be perceived that having information in the cloud may not be the safest way to keep information. However, consider that 800,000 laptops are left in airports each year – a considerable number of them business laptops. It’s not hard to imagine a representative for a franchise company being a part of that figure. If a franchise representative’s information is stored in the cloud instead of on a computer, there’s less cause for concern in cases such as these because the information wasn’t lost with the computer. Furthermore, if necessary, a simple password change can disable that computer’s access to the information that was accessed by the lost computer.
The bottom line for expanding franchises, and those that have any kind of growth aspiration, is the cloud is not simply the future, it’s the present. As D’onn Genovese, a San Diego franchisee of multiple Massage Envy franchises has said, “For us, cloud technology is the “secret sauce” for operating and growing our franchise. I have found that turning to technology to help run my own franchise business has helped save time on inefficient processes, while still ensuring everything is completed to my satisfaction. I know that my experience will resonate with anyone managing a quickly expanding and changing franchise. If you’re looking for a way to start- or improve your operations, consider the cloud resources that are available to you. You might be surprised at what they can do-.”
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President | Franchise Business Advisor
Apex Business Advisors, LLC