Are you taking full advantage of the benefits of cloud based software? The rise of web-based applications has made it easy for even the smallest organisation to access cutting-edge technology, with none of the hassle or cost previously associated with installing or servicing software. If you work in adventure activities, save time and stress with these 5 essential tools.
1. Find My Shift
Scheduling staff can be a headache, especially when the smooth-running of your operation relies on staff with the right qualifications being on the right activity, at the right time. Find My Shift makes it easy to create and share rotas with your team, set up shift reminders and even run reports. No more time spent answering calls and messages from staff wondering when they’re due in to work. Or even worse, dealing with staff shortages because someone has forgotten a shift! Sign-up online for a month’s free trial, paid plans start from £15 per rota, per month.
Stress-free scheduling: Find My Shift
If you’re using paper records or spreadsheets for your health and safety record keeping, our very own based safety management system could save you hours each week. Local authorities, climbing walls, high ropes courses and many more use Papertrail to manage all aspects of centre life including equipment inspections, documents, staff records and facilities checks.
All your records, on any device: Papertrail.io
Do you regularly need to share photos, videos or other documents with people outside your organisation? If you’re still struggling with email or external storage drives, Dropbox could save you a huge amount of hassle and time. It’s a cloud based file storage solution which makes it easy to save and access your files from any device. Once stored on Dropbox, accessing and sharing files is a cinch. Dropbox is free for up to 2GB of data on a personal account, business plans start from $15 per month.
Cloud-based storage & sharing: Dropbox
4. Survey Monkey
Survey Monkey is an online survey tool that makes it easy to collect any kind of data from clients or staff. Use Survey Monkey for pre-program questionnaires, client satisfaction surveys….basically whenever you need to collect and analyse data with minimum fuss. Creating and sharing a form or survey is easy, with lots of templates to use. Survey Monkey is free for up to 10 questions per survey and up to 100 responses – paid plans for bigger surveys or multiple users start from £24 per month.
Online surveys made easy: Survey Monkey
Working with hundreds of professionals in the adventure activities sector, we’re often asked if we can recommend a web-based booking system. Happily, we have recently discovered Cinolla – a cloud based platform to help activity centres manage bookings, courses, customers and promotions all in one place. Although we haven’t yet tried Cinolla ourselves, we’ve heard good things about it. If you’re looking for a booking system you should definitely take a look. Prices start from £100 per month.
Online booking & customer management: Cinolla
Do you use any of these tools, or perhaps there’s another cloud based software you couldn’t live without? If so, please leave a comment to let us know – we’d love to hear your thoughts.