Work Smart 2: Is Google Apps for Business For You?

Nowadays, moving your businesses' IT solution to a hosted cloud-based service—like Google Apps for business—is all the rage. But does it make sense for your (very) small business? In this week's episode, sole proprietor and Google user Roland Young asks if Google Apps for Business is right for his business. I share the advantages of using Google Apps over an individual Google account, and Michael Milton chimes in his advice for Roland.

Here is the Popplet mind map used in today's episode:

To print this mind map, click here (PDF file).

Special thanks to Michael Milton, Client Manager at Blue State Digital, (and formerly of O'Reilly) and Roland Young for appearing in this episode, and to Popplet. You can download Popplet for the iPad.

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  • David Gardner

    I wrote about this in another Fast Company post at: back in May 2010. I've since spent quite a bit of time with Google looking at this from an enterprise perspective for a client as well as my own business. When you are a solo business, it is fine having everything on a single machine. The breakdown starts when you add a second person or need to collaborate with someone else on a project. I'm very impressed with all the on-going Google Premier Apps enhancements as well as the acquisitions Google is making and integrating into their platform. Google has a compelling offering at a terrific price. Dave Gardner

  • CEO_Nick

    Great article/video. A little over a year ago I was having the same dilema in trying to decide what certain solutions I needed for my business and what other ones were just "extras." Many of these offerings and solutions can really make a difference in productivity and even efficiency at work.

    Not wanting to make the wrong move I actually went to Action Coach, which is a business coaching company and they were able to fix my inefficiencies. They pointed out which softwares and solutions were working best for me and what needed to go. I was able to save money as well as keep employees which I was contemplating letting go during these hard times. Anyway, I figured I would just pass that along, but if you were interested in checking them out you can go to

    I hope they're as helpful to you as they were to my business.