We can't all rely on Max the Accountant Cat to take care of payroll and taxes.

The best back-office software for small businesses

Businesses are fundamentally about money — making money, managing money, and paying money to employees. Back in the day, actual humans using actual pieces of paper took care of back office operations. Today, its software-as-a-service.

21 cloud apps

Going all in: How to run a company on 21 apps in the cloud

A lot of companies are debating whether — and what — to move to the cloud. The company I work for, Australia-based Proactive Accountants Network (PAN), made a pretty unusual decision to go all-in on cloud technology and made the leap in a span of 10 weeks, dramatically changing our IT infrastructure. So, for those of you still debating, here’s a look at life on the other side.